Stop Stigmatizing Young People Who Access Reproductive Health and Family Planning Services – YARO

Youth Advocacy on Rights and Opportunities (YARO) Executive Director, Douri Bennin Hajei, has called on parents and opinion leaders to end the stigma against young people accessing reproductive health and family planning services.

According to him, stigma makes it difficult for young people to access these services and ends up with disastrous consequences such as teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

He said most of those who defame young people’s access to reproductive health and family planning services are relatives, urging them to avoid this.

The director said this during a media engagement on the implementation of a youth-led social accountability mechanism on youth access to reproductive health and family planning services.

Douri Bennin Yajei said YARO is implementing these activities in 28 health facilities in four municipalities in the North region.

The project aims to improve young people’s access to reproductive health and family planning services.

The municipalities are Sagnarigu, Nadowli Kaleo, Yendi and Sisala Est.

Douri Bennin Hajei said youth reproductive health awareness in these areas is very low, which YARO is working hard to improve.

In their desire to reduce the rate of stigma attached to young people’s access to reproductive health and family planning services, he said that YARO uses a community scorecard to implement this project.

This, he said, provides YARO and its partners with an opportunity to understand the challenges young people face when accessing reproductive health and family planning services at various health facilities in northern Ghana. .

The Director called for the improvement of private structures in health facilities where young people can go and access reproductive health and family planning services without being stigmatized.

He also called on the media to help educate parents and opinion leaders to avoid stigmatizing young people in their quest to access reproductive health and family planning services.

YARO is a youth, women, and child-focused NGO concerned with solving adolescent reproductive health and family planning issues in communities and funded by a USAID project called Momentum Country and Global Leadership (MCGL).

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