Adolescent Health and Sexual Reproduction Fair in Asiwa
An adolescent health fair was organized for more than 100 adolescent girls, including girls with disabilities in Asiwa, Bosome Freho district.
The fair organized by the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR) in collaboration with Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (RRIG) aimed to raise girls’ awareness of their sexual and reproductive health rights and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.
It was part of a project called the âAdolescent Girl Projectâ which is being implemented in the district by the two organizations with funding from the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA).
Participants were educated on the causes and prevention of HIV / AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases as they indulged in various games such as ludo, oware, musical chairs, amp and song contest.
The aim was to capture their attention through games and provide them with the right information about the services available to them in health facilities and how to stay as young girls.
People with disabilities have also learned to protect themselves from sexual abuse and gender-based violence because of their vulnerability.
Ms. Victoria Adomako, a health professional who led the discussions, spoke about the dangers of STIs with a focus on HIV / AIDS.
She reminded girls that they have the right to say no to the opposite sex when making sexual advances to them, saying they will experience the stigma and inconvenience if pregnant.
She advised them to focus on their education and forgo romantic relationships that could derail their education as young people.
They should aspire to secure a brighter future by avoiding peers whose company could only lead them astray, she advised.