Challenges in the Adaklu District
The rate at which teenage girls are getting pregnant in Adaklu District in Ghana is very worrying. According to the District Directorate record, in 2014 the antenatal registrants were 401 with 81 teenage pregnancies representing 20.2%. In 2015 it records 517 with 120 teenage pregnancies representing 23% and in 2016 our initiatives in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service gave a record of 654 out of which 111 teenage pregnancies were recorded. Teenage pregnancy as at half year 2017 is 17.4% and as at the end of July 2017 is 17.5% 12 teenage pregnancies were recorded in July 2017,out of 67 antenatal clinic (ANC) registrants in the districts.
Based on the 2010 Population and Houses Census, Adaklu district has a total projected population of 42,323 with an estimated growth rate of 2.5% per annum. The adolescent component of the population is 11,318 representing 26.8% in the district. The district has 13 electoral areas with about 107 communities excluding numerous farming communities and Fulani villages.
It appears nobody is talking about this problem and no sustained programme is this area. It is time we launched a crusade against teenage pregnancy in the Adaklu district of Volta Region in Ghana. This crusade involved parents, teachers, students, community leaders as well as heads of religious groups.
It is in line with this that we are soliciting for funding to reduce this incidence of teenage pregnancy in the district of Volta Region in Ghana; and expand the program to cover additional communities.
This programme seeks to empower adolescents in the Volta Region of Ghana ,specifically Adaklu district by training them as Peer Educators (PEs) to disseminate quality SRH information among their peers and also carry out other behaviour change communication (BCC)strategies that will vigorously provide education on sexual and reproductive health and rights to help reduce misinformation and provide correct information, clarify values and reinforce positive attitudes, and strengthen decision-making and communication skills among adolescents. Adolescents and young people will be targeted in schools and out of school with information and skills to live positive lifestyles.
GOSANET and its collaborative partner Adaklu District Health Directorate (ADHD) of Ghana Health Services, have working relationship with PEs in the implementation of TB, HIV and Malaria prevention interventions in the Volta Region. We have also collaborated effectively with the School Health Education Program (SHEP) coordinators of the Ghana Education Service (GES). GOSANET and ADHD will partner the GES and involve various stakeholders to undertake the project. We will provide teachers and health workers with training to help them enhance their knowledge about SRH and HIV matters and improve their communication skills so that they are confident managing a classroom discussion and answering questions. Currently GOSANET and ADHD are undertaking the pilot ASRH programme among the adolescents and youth in the district. We will use experience gained over time to implement this project.https://youtu.be/pJLZYsQmNfE
Objectives and Results
The overall goal of the project is to improve and advance the Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) rights of in- and out-school adolescents through the provision of appropriate education and linkage to access services. More specifically, the project seeks to;
1.0: To reduce teenage pregnancy rate among adolescents in Adaklu district from 17% to 7% by the end of September 2018.
2.0: To help teenage increase teenagers Family Planning acceptor rate from 3% to 13% in 15 communities by the end of September 2018.
3.0: To support 50 teenage mothers to acquire vocational skill/ go back to school in the Adaklu District within one academic year.
4.0: To monitor activities of Adolescent Clubs and Health workers in the project communities.