Reclaiming the gains for women and girls: Let’s listen to community advocates

Ghana: Stepping up efforts within communities to support women and girls

Vicky Okine, Executive Director – Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR)

“During the pandemic, women and girls have not been able to meet their needs for lifesaving health services. They were also less likely to seek care due to fear of contracting the virus while visiting health facilities and financial challenges resulting from drops in household incomes. But with the collective efforts of communities, country leaders, and CSOs Ghana has been able to respond to the pandemic while maintaining essential health services . Changes to service delivery models to target high-risk groups such as pregnant women and the use of home-based care including tele-prescription meant more women and girls were able to get the care they needed. The government has also established economic relief and recovery programs while CSOs worked to ensure that vulnerable populations are not left out of critical mitigation interventions, including vaccination. However, there is still an urgent need to make health systems more resilient, equitable and responsive to the needs of women and girls, including prioritizing SRHR services to empower women and girls and improve their health and well-being.”

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