An initial study conducted by Population Council under the Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancies (STEP UP) project in 2012 assessed the knowledge and reproductive health needs of adolescents living in selected slums in Brong Ahafo and Greater Accra regions with the view of informing an improvement in adolescent sexual health (ASRH) programming in Ghana. The study concludes that stakeholders generally believed there was the need for enhanced adolescent sexual and reproductive health services in school as the present system of delivering these services were not sufficiently addressing ASRH needs. The use of trained psychologists and health workers was perceived as feasible and acceptable in the Ghanaian context, provided mechanisms are institutionalized to address the financial and other logistical considerations in its implementation. Stakeholders furthermore believed it was important to consider a dedicated curriculum to specifically address the population and family life education needs of adolescents; however, comprehensive stakeholder engagement would be required to determine content and implementation strategies.
Adda-Balinia, Terence, Philip Teg-Nefaah Tabong, Maya Teye, Philip Baba Adongo, Placide Tapsoba, and Harriet Birungi. 2016. "Acceptability and feasibility of introducing strengthened school-based sexual and reproductive health information and services in Accra, Ghana," STEP UP Research Report. Accra: Population Council.
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