The Centre for Community Studies Action and Development (CENCOSAD) has organised an outreach programme to increase awareness on Sexual Reproductive Health among adolescents at James Town and its environs in the Greater Accra Region.
The adolescents were provided with education on pregnancy, negotiation skills, sexual transmitted diseases, contraceptives, counselling, and how to cherish their lives, in order to make informed decisions.
The programme, which targeted youngsters between the ages of 10 and 19, used activities such as football, sack race, health walk, ludo, dancing competition and more to woo the community members to participate in the event.
The programme, which is being run concurrently in the Western and Central regions, selected James Town was as result of its ever-ballooning population and young parenting size.
Micheal Aggrey, Monitoring and Evaluation officer of CENCOSAD, told journalists at the event last Saturday, that the project hoped to empower adolescent girls through improved access to Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and Quality Responsive Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services.
He said the project is a five-year programme being funded by the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA), and run in partnership by the Alliance and Reproductive Health Right (RHR).
“CENCOSAD has a mission to empower and enable communities and organisations realise and organise their own development through animation, facilitation, and capacitating. Some of the strategies include peer to peer education, interactive theatre, film and video shows, and focus on group discussion using non-formal educational approaches,” he said.
He added that CENCOSAD is also building capacity and monitoring support to several local non-governmental organisations.
CENCOSAD has used community health champions and community facilitations training and convening training sessions for out-of-school girls with disability on SRHR information services and life skills and organisation of adolescent health fair and support events for awareness creation.