GLOMEF charges religious leaders to promote sex education among members

Date: Thursday May 30, 2019, 3:40 pm

By: WatchGhana.Com

Religious leaders in Ghana have been encouraged to spend part of their time to educate their members on sex and reproductive health related issues as a way of preventing sexually transmitted infections and teenage pregnancies which mostly resulted in illegal abortions by their members.

The lack of sexual and reproductive health education among most young people has led to wanton sexual exploitation, unwanted pregnancies, avoidable deaths and health complications and abuse of emergency contraceptives among others. 

The Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF), Raphael Godlove Ahenu who gave the advice explained that the practice where many churches, mosques and parents in Ghana are reluctant in being open to their children about sex is a major setback to the campaign against illegal abortions and teenage pregnancies.

Mr. Ahenu was addressing separate health summits with members of Lead Me To Heaven Church at Kwatire and Amazing Grace Chapel at Odomase, both in the Sunyani West District as part of activities marking this year’s International Day of Action for Women’s Health.

GLOMEF and its key allies – Indigenous Women Empowerment Network, Kingdom Dream Foundation, and WEA Business Coalition Ghana – organized the health summits dubbed “Grassroots Women Health Summit” at Kwatire and Odomase to further deepen people’s awareness on sexual reproductive health, dangers associated with unsafe abortions and teenage pregnancies.
CEO of GLOMEF, Mr. Raphael Godlove Ahenu Jnr
Mr. Ahenu encouraged parents to spend quality time with their children and make conscious efforts to provide them with their basic needs as a way of preventing them from engaging in early sex. Mr. Ahenu said it is regrettable that the Brong Ahafo region annually record over 12,000 cases of teenage pregnancies with most of them coming from Christian and Muslim homes and called for concerted efforts to deal with the situation. According to him over 64,000 cases of teenage pregnancies were recorded in Ghana last year alone, a situation which usually disrupts the academic pursuit of the girls involved and affects their development. Rev Charles Baidoo, the Founder and Leader of the Amazing Grace Chapel International, on his part emphasized the critical role of the clergy in helping to reduce teenage pregnancies in the country and pledged his support toward that course.

Source: WatchGhana.Com

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