This project aims to scale up and expand programming in the 36 current and 20 new districts in Ghana.This project works to empower adolescent girls in Ghana, including those who are most vulnerable, through the provision of, and access to, gender-responsive comprehensive sexuality education and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning and contraception. This project responds to the reality that many teachers are currently not trained or provided with the material required to engage with adolescents on sexuality education properly. This includes limited access to gender-sensitive and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services. In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), the project also focuses on preventing and responding to rising sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and child abuse cases. Project activities include: (1) training teachers to deliver standardized, gender-sensitive and youth-friendly comprehensive sexuality education; (2) creating new, and strengthen existing, adolescent health clubs; (3) delivering comprehensive sexuality education to adolescent girls; (4) training frontline health care workers in the provision of youth-friendly and gender-sensitive services; (5) increasing the number of health facilities providing quality adolescent-friendly health services; (6) raising awareness of adolescent girls to increase the demand for family planning; (7) strengthening procurement, supply and logistics management systems for last-mile distribution of contraceptives to young people; (8) engaging in social and behaviour change communication to raise awareness on gender equality and create an enabling environment for adolescent girls to defend, promote and exercise their sexual and reproductive rights; and (9) improving access, quality and responsiveness of critical social services to respond to SGBV and child protection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved access of adolescent girls to comprehensive sexuality education; (2) improved access of adolescent girls to youth-friendly and gender-sensitive sexual and reproductive health services; (3) increased capacities for adolescent girls to defend and promote their sexual and reproductive rights; and (4) strengthened provision of integrated services to respond to sexual and gender-based violence and child protection Issues within the COVID-19 context.