June 19, 2020 12:31 pm

The Department of Gender under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has organised its mid- year review on the 5-year Strategic Plan to address adolescent pregnancy in Ghana at the GNAT Hall, Accra on Friday, 19th June, 2020.

The overall objective of the meeting is to ensure that all sector ministries/ agencies and Civil Society Organizations implementing the strategy are on course with respective indicators.

Chairman for the occasion, Mr. Mawutor Ablo who is also the Director for Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Gender, Chidren and Social Protection in his opening remarks thanked participants for their timely response to the meeting in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. This he said demonstrated a clear commitment to fight, address and eliminate adolescent pregnancies in Ghana.

He admonished and encouraged participants present to take the 5- year Strategic Plan into action in order to secure a bright future for the Ghanaian girl.

Dr. Comfort Asare, Ag. Director for the Department of Gender in her submission said the Strategic Plan is an actionable blue print that provides a clear vision and direction of all stakeholders engaged in sexual and reproductive health education in Ghana.

The Ag. Director called on stakeholders and partners working to promote the girl child to collaborate with other agencies to safeguard and protect the future of girls in Ghana.

Addressing participants, the Deputy Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Ghana, Dr. Agnes Ntibanyurwa said UNFPA Ghana works to improve sexual and reproductive health, maternal health as well as the prevention and response to sexual and gender based violence.

She further stressed that adolescent pregnancy and their attendant reproductive health challenges create significant adverse impact for girls, as they restrict their potential as adults as well as their participation in the economic and social progress of their communities and the nation as a whole.

Dr. Agnes Ntibanyurwa urged all stakeholders and partners to increase the momentum in providing the required information and services aimed at eliminating adolescent pregnancy.

She pledged UNFPA’s commitment to continue to work with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to address the drivers of adolescent pregnancy in order to reduce and eventually eliminate the canker that impedes girls’ safe healthy path through adolescence into a productive and autonomous adulthood.

As part of the mid year review, there were key presentations and inputs on how to eliminate adolescent pregnancies from some stakeholders from the Ghana Education Service, Makola Foundation and the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana.

Present at the event was the Executive Director for the National Population Council, Dr. Leticia Appiah, Ag. Director for the Domestic Violence Secretariat, Madam Malonin Asibi and some staff from the United Nations Population Fund.

Source: MoGCSP