About SRHR Project
In Northern Region of Ghana, girls and young women Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) are the preserve of adult men and boys and this makes them vulnerable to SRH challenges. Reproduction is invariably a woman’s destiny, not her choice accounting partly for the region’s persistent lead in Total Fertility Rate (7 children per woman) and trailing behind all other regions in use of contraceptives (6.0%). Teenage fertility is equally highest (23%), thus placing women and girls in a shroud of reproductive predicament which further undermines their total health status and livelihood and other socio-cultural life processes.
“Reproductive freedom is critical to a whole range of issues. If we can’t take charge of this most personal aspect of our lives, we can’t take care of anything. It should not be seen as a privilege or as a benefit, but a fundamental human right.”
― Faye Wattleton
In 2009/2010, the Trull Foundation USA provided financial support to YOVi to implement project titled: Youth Development and Reproductive Health in the Savelugu/Nanton District of Northern Region. Through this support, baseline data on SRHR situation in the Savelugu/Nanton District and catchment communities were conducted to inform evidence-based implementation of tailored activities with findings shared among stakeholders and partners. The commencement of major activities began with refresher training organized for forty Community Health Nurses in the District with the expectation that the knowledge and skills gained will be judiciously employed in promoting therapeutic relationship between nurses and clients. Again, community Durbars with drama incorporated to demonstrate real life experiences were organized to raise awareness on SRHR among community members, with special focus on Family Planning. YOVi expected that by the end of the project, there will be delay in onset of sexual intercourse among young girls until marriage at matured age and social life, and that, antenatal attendance will be increased and postnatal services patronised and in particular, full immunisation coverage ensured. Furthermore, to enhance peer-to-peer learning, the project selected 6 basic schools in the Savelugu/Nanton District to provide lectures on SRHR to young girls and boys, bringing the total beneficiaries of the school-based lectures to 180 pupils’. In all these, partnership with the District Assembly, District Health Management Teams, Ghana Education Service and Schools were effectively utilised.
Current programme on SRHR: Change Makers Clubs in schools
YOVi continue to provide sexual reproductive health education in pilot schools in the Tamale Metropolis through the establishment of school-based clubs, known as “Change Makers Clubs”. So far, 12 and 4 Basic and Second Cycle Institutions are benefiting from the programme. Children aged 12-18 are the target beneficiaries of this initiative. With the support of YOVi field staff, club members meet monthly to discuss issues such as peer pressure management, responsibility, HIV/AIDs and associated consequences, condom negotiation skills, among others. In the long-term, it’s within the framework of YOVi plans to extend its services to other schools in rural communities of the region where these services are most needed.