She in Media (SIM) Mentorship Program is an initiative by the Women Media and Change (WOMEC) organization. The SIM program is aimed at empowering young upcoming and practicing female journalists to excel in the ever-evolving media landscape. Grounded in the belief that diverse voices and perspectives are essential for a vibrant and inclusive media ecosystem...
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Women and Children trek for water

Women and girls bear brunt of water and sanitation crisis – new UNICEF

Globally, women are most likely to be responsible for fetching water for households, while girls are nearly twice as likely as boys to bear the responsibility, and spend more time doing it each day, according to a new report released today by UNICEF and WHO. Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) 2000-2022:...
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Accelerate women’s empowerment – NETRIGHT boss to stakeholders

The Programme Manager, NETRIGHT Ghana, Patricia Blankson Akakpo, says Ghana has a tremendous opportunity to accelerate Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth by implementing policies that will accelerate women’s empowerment. However, she says for the country to seize this opportunity effectively, gender equality must be mainstreamed into all of Ghana’s development policies. Mrs Akakpo, who is...
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Raising the bar for Ghana’s rights to sexual and reproductive health

Enhancing sexual and reproductive health in Ghana necessitates a thorough strategy that takes into account all relevant factors. The following are some crucial tactics and programs that will improve Ghana’s sexual and reproductive health: Access to Comprehensive Sexual Education: By implementing programs for comprehensive sexuality education in schools, young people can receive accurate knowledge about reproductive health, including contraception, STIs, consent, and healthy relationships. Increase Access to Contraception: Making sure a variety of contraceptive options are accessible and affordable can assist individuals and couples in making decisions about their reproductive health. This entails expanding contraceptive availability and distribution in both urban and rural areas. Quality Reproductive Health care: It’s critical to improve the caliber and accessibility of reproductive health care. This entails expanding the number and capability of healthcare professionals, enhancing the education of healthcare professionals on issues relating to reproductive health, and ensuring that clinics and institutions have the tools and materials they require. STI Prevention and Treatment: It’s critical to step up efforts to stop and manage sexually transmitted illnesses. This entails encouraging routine testing, expanding access to STI care and treatment, and spreading awareness of the significance of safe sex behavior. Maternal and Child Health: The results of sexual and reproductive health can be considerably impacted by concentrating on enhancing maternal and child health services. This entails expanding access to safe abortion options, competent birth attendants, postnatal care, and antenatal care. Engaging Men and Boys: It’s critical to motivate men and boys to take an active part in sexual and reproductive health. Positive changes in reproductive health habits can be made through advancing gender equality, combating damaging gender norms, and incorporating men in talks and decision-making processes. The importance of addressing cultural and societal issues that have an impact on sexual and reproductive health cannot be overstated. This entails addressing stigma and discrimination associated with sexual health issues as well as encouraging honest and welcoming discussions about sexuality. Strengthening Legal and Policy Frameworks: It’s crucial to create and enforce laws that safeguard people’s rights and their sexual and reproductive health. This involves tackling child marriage, ensuring access to safe and legal abortion, and advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. Community Engagement and Awareness: Promoting correct information on sexual and reproductive health in communities through awareness campaigns, workshops, and community-based organizations can aid in promoting beneficial behaviors. Investments in research and data collecting on sexual and reproductive health can help guide evidence-based interventions and track development over time. It is crucial to remember that these tactics should be applied with cultural sensitivity and context specificity, taking into consideration the particular requirements and difficulties experienced by various communities in Ghana. For these interventions to be implemented successfully, cooperation between government agencies, civil society organizations, healthcare professionals, and community leaders is crucial.
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Facing realities of sexual, reproductive health rights among youth

Ghana, like many other countries, has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the government’s efforts have been devoted to curtailing the disease, a major concern has been its potential effects on the delivery and utilisation of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services in the country. Reproductive health issues are essential for...
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Strengthen urban health systems through continuous implementation processes

Strengthening urban health systems through gaps identification is necessary to ensure sustainable health improvements, a lecturer at the School of Public Health, University of Ghana and Country Lead, Dr. Genevieve Aryeetey, has said. That, she explained, involved continuous processes of implementing changes in policy and practice to improve access, coverage, quality and efficiency of the...
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Alleviating Urban Health Issues With CHPS Compound

When the average urban Ghanaian hears the words ‘Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS)’ compound, one of two things may most likely come into their minds. The first being confusion because they may not be familiar with the word CHPS, and the second being that they do know what it is, but they attribute it...
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To reach Gender Equality Ghana needs to prioritize social and economic inclusion

Ghana is leading the advancement of gender equality in the West and Central Africa region. Women in Ghana have made progress in human endowment in health and education at rates significantly higher than their Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) peers . While this picture is optimistic, improvements in human endowment outcomes have not translated into improved earnings, access to...
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Multi-sectoral approach needed to address urban health system gaps -CHORUS

Journalists reporting on health issues have been advised to desist from sensationalising health stories but focus on providing facts to draw the attention of policy makers. They have also been urged to protect the privacy and dignity of individuals they report on to avoid victimising them. The Executive Director of Women, Media and Change (WOMEC),...
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