SRH Expert explaining a point to participants President of GNAD Women’s Wing
The GNAD has successfully concluded a 2-day training programme on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) for deaf people in Sunyani and Tano South Municipals with 100 out of school adolescents and adults of reproductive age educated and reached through comprehensive community sensitization on SRH including information on safe clinical abortion.
Opening the training session, the National Women’s Wing President of GNAD, Madam Patricia Boaffe, noted the challenges deaf people (women and girls of reproductive age) go through when seeking information and services related to their reproductive lives. She observed that the project was designed strategically to both improve access to quality SRH information and access deaf friendly in 6 districts. Touching on SAAF support, she described the financial support of SAAF as ‘timely’, noting further that though SRH has been a major cause of ill health, the deaf community remains largely excluded in most SRH interventions. She encouraged participants to take their SRH lives seriously by taking advantage of existing healthcare facilities, noting further that these facilities have been strengthened under the project between GNAD and Ghana Health Services to provide deaf friendly information and services.
GNAD/SAAF project seeks to achieve systematic change in the reproductive health lives of deaf people particular women and girls of reproductive age through improved access to SRH information and services including safe clinical abortion services. The project is implemented in the Sunyani Municipal, Tano South, Accra Metro, Ashaiman Municipal, Tamale Metropolitan and Savelugu District in Northern Region.
Under objective 11 of GNAD’s organization development strategic, the organization commits itself to reach all deaf people with SRH information by 2020. With 216 districts, GNAD has much work and the organization shall remain grateful to SAAF for the generous financial support.