As part of our mission to ensure that women, children and adolescents health is achieved, ARHR has launched two projects; ‘Mitigating the spread and impact of covid 19 in Ashiedu Keteke (MISAICAK)’ and ‘Adolescent Health Empowerment Project (AHEP)’ at the forecourt of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly on 25th June, 2020.

The MISAICAK project will mitigate the spread and impact of COVID-19 among residents of the Ashiedu Keteke sub-metropolitan assembly. It complements two of the five objectives outlined by the Government of Ghana to mitigate the spread and impact of COVID-19 in Ghana. Specifically, the project will, by the end of September 2020, intensify community education to ensure the prevention and spread of the virus among communities; strengthen and enhance community knowledge and attitude towards physical distancing; and advocate against fear, discrimination and stigmatization of individuals and families infected and affected by the virus.

The AHEP project which is being implemented in partnership with the City of Hope will provide adolescent girls, specifically head porters or ‘kayayei’ in Agbogbloshie, with access to reproductive health education and services amid covid 19. The project will empower the target group through the provision of reproductive health education, sexual and gender based violence prevention information and linkages to services; undertake contraceptive demand generation activities to promote adolescents’ access to reproductive health and services; and strengthen partnerships at national and community level to deliver reproductive health education and services.

As part of activities towards the implementation of these projects, hand washing, sanitation and hygiene products will be stationed at vantage points and sanitary practices will be enforced.

Key participants at the launch included the French Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs Anne Sophie Ave; Medical Director of Usher Polyclinic, Dr Amoo Mensah; staff of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and City of Hope. The project is being implemented with funding from the French embassy.

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