The Northern Sector Action on Awareness Centre (NORSAAC), in partnership with OXFAM has held a two day orientation workshop on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for some members of the Northern Regional Youth Network (NRYN) in Tamale.
The training was meant to equip the network with knowledge and skills of advocacy to enable them demand better services and to smoothen their advocacy works that they are engaged in within their various districts.
The two day orientation workshop which was on the theme “STRENGTHENING YOUNG PEOPLE’S VOICE THROUGH SRHR” brought together 40 young people from seven districts within the Northern region.
Participants were taken through Sex and Sexuality, Human and Sexual Rights, Ghana Health Service Policies, Protocols and Standards on SRHR of young people, Ghana’s Comprehensive Abortion Care Policy and Protocols and Adolescent Health service policy and strategy.
NORSAAC Zonal Manager, Mohammed Ukasha, revealed that, the two day workshop was part of a programme called “HER VOICE CAMPAIGN” that NORSAAC is implementing with OXFAM as an empowerment project that seeks to provide Comprehensive Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information to young people.
He said NORSAAC will continue to provide support in the form of logistics and technical knowledge to youth groups and individuals within their operational areas in creating a well informed and empowered society.
Members of the network, at the end of the training developed an action plan that they consider advocating on and engaging stakeholders within their districts to help them role out their advocacy activities in their various districts.
The action plans which covered Teenage Pregnancy, Drug abuse, Abortion, Early Child Marriages, STIs and other related SRHR issues were discussed and presented to NORSAAC.
The Regional Convener of the NRYN Inusah Mohammed Jackson expressed worry over the increasing rate of teenage pregnancies, illegal abortion, high rate of drugs and substance abuse among the youth in the region owing to the lack of knowledge on SRHR.
He challenged the participants to implement the action plans they have developed in their bid to create the desired change in their various communities.