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FREE SMS Quiz on Sexual Reproductive Health Launched

The Association of Church-based NGOs in Northern Ghana (ACDEP) has launched an SMS Quiz on sexual reproductive health. The aim of the SMS Quiz is to inform adolescents in a fun and interactive way about their sexuality. That is important, since 75% of the adolescents – questioned during one of ACDEP’s research on SRH (Sexual knowledge, attitude and behavior among adolescents in Northern Ghana, June 2013) – did not know that they can get pregnant when having sexual intercourse without using any contraceptive method. Less than half of the adolescents knew that you cannot tell someone’s HIV status just by looking at them. By enhancing their knowledge they are able to make their own decisions. Participants who answer all questions will receive a ticket for the World Aids Day Event and can also win prizes like mobile phones, t-shirts and airtime.

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The SMS Quiz

Participants of the free SMS Quiz need to text a keyword “WAD2013” to 7000 (MTN) or 1904 (Airtel, Expresso). Then they will receive 11 questions about sexual and reproductive health and 3 personal questions during one week. “Participants will receive two questions a day. If they answer all questions, they will receive a ticket for the World Aids Day event at the 30th of November in the Jubilee Park. There will be performances by famous artists, drama and dance”, explains Prince Abugri programme manager at ACDEPs health unit. “Since this is a sensitive topic, I would like to emphasize that the answers are confidential and will not be shared.” In order to create more awareness for the quiz, ACDEP has partnered with Curious Minds Ghana and radio stations Kesmi FM, Fiila FM, Justice FM and Northstar FM. ACDEP has also launched the website www.wad2013.acdep.org.

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2013 in Ghanabakwamena Zone!, Issues!

 

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Ghana Seizes 1 million faulty Condoms Imported from China

“Ghana facing ‘major public health issue’ after condoms supplied to health service found to contain                   holes and burst easily”

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Condomize – Be Safe.

Ghana is facing a “major public health issue” after condoms supplied to the country’s health service were found to contain holes and burst easily. More than 1m “Be Safe” condoms have been impounded by the country’s food and drugs authority (FDA), which said they were also too small and not adequately lubricated.

“When we tested these condoms, we found that they are poor quality, can burst in the course of sexual activity, and have holes which expose the users to unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease,” said Thomas Amedzro, head of drug enforcement at the FDA.

But the FDA said it was investigating how an unknown number of condoms had been distributed to health centres around the country, before the tests were conducted. “We want to get to the bottom of this, and to find out why all the condoms were not presented to us before they went out,” said Amedzro.

The FDA is recalling all Be Safe condoms on the market, and said it does not yet know how many have already been distributed. It is standard practice to conduct safety tests on condoms, many of which are imported from China.

The FDA said the faulty Be Safe consignment was imported by Global Unilink Ltd, a Ghanaian company, which had sourced them from an Indian company named Harley Ltd based in Kenya. Amedzro said the FDA has traced the condoms back to the original manufacturer, Henan Xibei Latex Company Limited, in Henan province, central China.

“This is a huge, huge problem,” said Faustina Fynn-Nyame, director of Marie Stopes International in Ghana. “There will be a lot of unintended pregnancies as a result of this, and that means maternal mortality and unsafe abortion. Commercial sex workers also use these products [so] the consequences could be enormous.”

The companies involved in importing the condoms were not available to comment. But Be Safe condoms are reported to be widely used in Ghana, where they are distributed by state-run health centres. Previous batches are understood to have passed safety tests.

This is not the first scare surrounding condoms in sub-Saharan Africa. Last year, South Africa recalled more than 1m faulty ANC condoms, which the ruling party had given away.

“This is a major public health issue because of the implications,” said Amedzro. “People use condoms to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy. If the condoms are not doing that, we could have increased [risk] of HIV and Aids, so that is a major concern.”

SOURCE: TheGuardian.co.uk

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in Issues!

 

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