Twenty-five adolescent health champions trained to educate their peers in Bosome Freho

The Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR) organized a capacity building training for 25 adolescent health champions from Bosome Freho district, where a project for adolescent girls is implemented.

The project implemented by ARHR in collaboration with Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives (RRIG) aims to educate adolescent girls on reproductive health rights and link them to health facilities for various services.

The project also targets girls with disabilities who are often sexually abused due to their condition by unscrupulous people in society.

They were made aware of the need to avoid people who show signs of abuse and exposed to the legal remedies available to them when their rights are violated.

Funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the project is implemented in six districts, including Bosome Freho, Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem, South Dayi, Jirapa, Nzema East and Ashiedu Keteke Sub-Metropolitan.

Adolescent health champions are young girls selected from implementation districts, trained to educate their peers on reproductive health to prevent teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases among young people.

They have also served as role models in advising their peers on sexual and reproductive health and responsible sexual lifestyles with an emphasis on abstinence.

Mr. Isaac Nyampong, ARHR Program Manager, said the training was one of three trainings planned this year to build the capacity of adolescent health champions in three of the implementing districts.

He said there was a need to periodically hold trainings for champions as new faces joined existing ones as some returned to school and the aim was to refresh existing ones while building the abilities of new ones.

“This is what we do almost every year so that they understand the issues that affect young people because they often have a lot of sexual health problems,” he explained.

The training, he said, was aimed at providing the champions with the necessary sexual and reproductive health information to enable them to effectively engage their peers and connect them to the appropriate facilities for services that would improve their health. .

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