“SHE Plus has a brighter future because of its uniqueness. It will help our people in terms of providing sexual health education and sensitizing them about the usage of family planning devices and making informed choices” says the head of Wa Regional Hospital Public Health Unit, Mr. Zakaria Mohammed.
Mr. Mohammed who received Sexual Health Education Plus (SHE+) team from Savana Signatures in his office in Wa, said “I am highly excited about this innovative use of ICT particularly in communicating sexual health information to the people”.
He commended Savana Signatures for initiating SHE+ and promised his office total commitment to supporting the implementation of the project in the region to help reduce maternal deaths and provide sexual health information to the young people.
Personnel from Savana Signatures led by the Senior Project Officer Mr. Abdul-Rashid Imoro were in Wa, to officially introduce SHE+ platform to the people of the Upper West Region. The programme which has been overwhelmingly endorsed by health professionals working in Wa Regional Hospital is expected to reach 6000 young people in the region with youth friendly sexual health information and services.
SHE+ is a mobile based platform designed by Savana Signatures to provide exclusive, reliable and convenient sexual reproductive health information to young people in Ghana. This is to help them make informed choices about their sexuality and sexual health needs.
SHE+ is being implemented in partnership with International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), Connect4Change and Cordaid. The programme is currently being run in four regions in Ghana namely, Northern, Upper East, Upper West and Volta Regions and formed part of concerted efforts to providing positive and helpful information on all forms of human sexuality.
Savana Signatures (Savsign) is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to equip youth, women and vulnerable groups with ICT skills for personal and professional development through the innovative use of ICT and vision of a society where relevant information, knowledge and skills for development are enhanced by equal access to and use of ICT.
The organization focuses on the use of ICT as a tool for development with special focus on education, sexual reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), youth development and gender and social inclusion.
Mr. Mohammed lauded Savsign for the introduction of SHE+ to the region saying “It came at the time authorities in the region were being pressurized to recruit and post more specialist gynecologists to the regional hospital to help curb the rising maternal deaths in the region”.
The Senior Project officer of Savana Signatures Abdul-Rashid Imoro indicated to the section of Wa Regional Hospital Public Health personnel that, SHE+ platform provides more opportunities to young people in Ghana to access private, convenient and youth friendly Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights (SRHR) information and services by interacting with health professionals at a distance.
He said the programme is a complementary service to Ghana Health Service Reproductive Health Strategic Plan which promotes measures needed to reduce pre-natal and neo-natal morbidity and also which calls for the provision for appropriate services and counseling specifically suitable for the adolescent age group with the respect for their rights to privacy and confidentiality, and ensuring that health providers attitude and other barriers do not restrict access to sex services.
He said the programme targets especially the youth and provides them the opportunity to free, private, convenient, free and friendly sexual reproductive health information and services.
He urged health professionals to create friendly environment for the youth to access sexual health information and services to avoid complications.
He also urged health professional to desist from judging young people who attempt to access sexual health services at the hospitals but rather take the opportunity to educate and sensitize them about sexual and reproductive health and rights issues to help them make informed decisions and choices about their sexual life.