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Sex For Fees! #SRHR

This Thursday 12 March 2015, we are talking Sexual Reproductive Health on the Maternal Health Channel Television Series…. With focus on “Transactional Sex” aka “Survival Sex” or “Sex in exchange for Financial or Lifestyle rewards”

Is it really happening? Can we openly talk about it? What about its implications for Health, Population & Development?


Many young people face serious pressure, especially adolescent girls to exchange sex for money, in many cases, to pay for education or survive in a tough economic environment. The Maternal Health Channel crew visited a university campus, they bring you a real life drama that may be familiar to many of us.

Joyce needs money to pay her fees but is selling her body the only option? What are her alternatives? How does she deal with peer pressure? Make time for the show this Thursday 12 March 2015 and every other Thursday on GTV at 8 pm….. and follow the discussions!


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A report I chanced on capturing Ghana’s progress towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals shows a decline in poverty. The ‘2010 Ghana MDG’s Report’ revealed Ghana’s growth has been robust despite the economic crises that plagued the globe- slowing down economic growth.

400..1.551640Experts believe Ghana’s growth which averages at least 6.5 per cent per annum between 2007 and 2010 is strong enough to sustain the progress towards national poverty reduction. Extreme poverty incidence in rural Ghana recorded about 50% reduction in 2005/06, while reduction in urban areas was more than 50%, thereby achieving the target ahead of the 2015 deadline. However, disparity still exists- no significant improvements have been observed in the three northern regions as poverty incidence remains high and may not be able to achieve the target before 2015.

According to the report the progress in Ghana has been driven by high GDP growth rate supported by increased government development expenditure, debt relief and increased foreign investment. Special social intervention programmes aimed at increasing public expenditure on initiatives targeting poor and vulnerable people. In the three northern savannah regions the following interventions have been key factors contributing to our progress; Adoption of positive and productive security measures to address the long standing civil conflicts in Bawku and others zones; Increased resource commitment to the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) to address the north-south disparity in poverty incidence and depth; the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) initiative, Ghana School Feeding Programme and Capitation Grant in the three northern savannah regions and other parts of the country with high depth of poverty; Improved infrastructure development, particularly road networks in areas that are not well accessible.

The report also captured five key challenges that stand in Ghana’s way despite the strides in our quest to attain Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; Macroeconomic bottlenecks, Infrastructural constraints, Low productivity especially in agriculture, Limited support for food crop farmers and weak investment climate.

The Findings of the report should guide government to stay on course, committed and take action on challenges discovered by as we work towards a world we want by achieving the MDGS!

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Posted by on September 3, 2013 in Ghanabakwamena Zone!, Issues!


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UNFPA Executive Director: adolescent pregnancy is not just a health issue, it’s a development issue

There are over 600 million girls in the world today, more than 500 million of them in developing countries. They are shaping humanity’s present and future. The opportunities and choices girls have during adolescence will enable them to begin adulthood as empowered, active citizens.

With the right skills and opportunities, they can invest in themselves, in their families and their communities. However, pregnancy jeopardizes the rights, health, education and potential of far too many adolescent girls, robbing them of a better future.

Babatunde Osotimehin (UNFPA Executive Director)

Babatunde Osotimehin (UNFPA Executive Director)

About 16 million girls aged 15-19 give birth each year, and complications from pregnancy and child birth are the leading cause of death among girls in this age group, especially in developing countries.

Adolescent pregnancy is not just a health issue, it is a development issue. It is deeply rooted in poverty, gender inequality, violence, child and forced marriage, power imbalances between adolescent girls and their male partners, lack of education, and the failure of systems and institutions to protect their rights. To bring these issues to global attention, this year’s World Population Day is focusing on adolescent pregnancy.

Breaking the cycle of adolescent pregnancy requires commitment from nations, communities and individuals in both developed and developing countries to invest in adolescent girls. Governments should enact and enforce national laws that raise the age of marriage to 18 and should promote community-based efforts that support girls’ rights and prevent child marriage and its consequences.

Adolescents and youth must be provided with age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education to develop the knowledge and skills they need to protect their health throughout their lives. However, education and information are not enough. Good quality reproductive health services must also be readily available in order for adolescents to make informed choices and be healthy.

At the local level, communities should provide the infrastructure to deliver reproductive health care in a youth-friendly and sensitive way.

Underlying all these efforts is the understanding that the dignity and human rights of adolescent girls must be respected, protected and fulfilled. Today, we call on governments, the international community and all stakeholders involved to take measures that enable adolescent girls to make responsible life choices and to provide the necessary support for them in cases when their rights are threatened. Every young girl, regardless of where she lives, or her economic circumstances, has the right to fulfill her human potential. Today, too many girls are denied that right. We can change that, and we must.

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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Ghanabakwamena Zone!, Issues!


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