World Vision Ghana has appealed to all faith leaders to get involved in the advocacy to promote family planning and contraceptives use in the Country.
Speaking on behalf of the organisation, the Programmes Manager, Mr Stephen Omunyidde said 91 per cent of Ghana’s population are composite religion and 85 per cent of faith leaders are influential while 74 per cent of the population trust their faith leaders, therefore faith leaders are very paramount in decision making and implementation processes.
According to him, over 222 million girls and women in developing countries desire to have access to safe and effective spacing and family planning services but are denied.
Mr Omunyidde said this at a programme organised by the World Vision to educate faith leaders on healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy in Accra.
“As part of bringing hope and transformation to children families and communities, World Vision Ghana adopted the channel of Hope model which uses faith leaders as agents of change to drive the campaign for healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy, “he disclosed.
This, he said followed the several interfaith engagements under the Congregation Hope Action Team (CHAT) module which sensitised women on exclusive breastfeeding, family planning and ending violence against children.
Highlighting on the CHAT, he said 47 CHAT groups were formed where information on healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy and Family Planning.
Giving an overview of a recent project, he explained that the organisation used a model called ‘Channels of Hope’ that sought to increase the use of family planning methods and contraceptives in the Northern part of the country.
The model, Mr Omunyidde noted, focused on Christian and Islamic Faith leaders to advocate for the use of the Healthy Timing and Spacing Pregnancy model because they are influential in the society.
Speaking on behalf of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) at the Family Health Division, Dr. Patrick Aboagye disclosed that, the GHS is planning to include Family Planning on the National Health Insurance scheme to improve family planning access especially among those who feel financial needs would be a challenge.
“We are mobilizing more women, about 1.9 million within the last four or five years to be on family planning where our focus is the urban poor , poor mothers and adolescents in the rural areas,” he disclosed.
Dr Aboagye mentioned that, they are using the media platforms to educate the public on healthy timing and spacing pregnancy to produce healthy babies.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS