Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in Ghana
With additional funding from UNFPA, Pathfinder provided youth friendly services (YFS) in four districts in the Volta Region of Ghana. The project increased provision of ASRH services that meet the needs of young people.
Pathfinder used two main approaches: integration of youth friendly services within existing RH services at permanent health facilities combined with outreach by peer educators and peer service providers with emphasis on HIV and STI prevention. Traditional opinion leaders were also trained in life planning and ASRH skills to share with young people during monthly meetings.
Pathfinder also established 25 youth clubs and reached more than 16,000 young people with ASRH information through one-on-one counseling, home visits, church youth programs, and organized health talks.
Expanding and Sustaining Safe Abortion Services in Ghana, Mozambique and South Africa through the Safe Abortion Action Fund
Pathfinder built upon existing efforts to expand and create sustainable safe abortion services in Ghana, Mozambique, and South Africa. The overarching goal of this project was to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality due to unsafe abortion.
Dr. Tauseef Ahmed, Pakistan country director of Pathfinder International, a non-profit organisation working to improve adolescent and youth access to sexual and reproductive health services in more than 30 countries, says that early pregnancy is not uncommon among teenage brides. In fact, having a baby is a way of proving one’s fertility, and the values of adolescent pregnancy are “protected by women and girls themselves,” he told IPS.
In Bolgatanga, Upper East, Ghana, Pathfinder International leads a one week training workshop on safe abortion for midwives in public and private health institutions.