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The HCA Project launched in Tamale

A ceremony to mark the commencement of the Healthy Cities for Adolescents (HCA) Project in Ghana was held at the Jubilee Park in the Tamale Metropolis on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

The colourful event was under the theme ‘Innovative Health Interventions in the Socio-demographically Diverse City of Tamale, Towards Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals in Ghana’. In attendance were chiefs, religious leaders, the academia, students and teachers, official of the Tamale Metropolitan and Ashaiman Municipal Assemblies, health officials, NGO representatives and youth groups.

The Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Gloria Quansah-Asare, who launched the project called on adolescents to take advantage of the opportunities that it offers them to enhance their lives.

The HCA is a global project is being implemented by the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), University of Ghana with support from Fondation Bortnar. It has the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ghana Education Service (GES) University for Development Studies (UDS) and the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG as key partners.

Among other things, the project seeks to build a multi-stakeholder consortium with capacity to use evidence-based information for strategic programming that promotes adolescents health and general well-being, in line with the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals 3, and allied goals (SDGs 1, 4, 5 and 17). These are geared at ending poverty; promoting inclusive and equitable quality education; gender equality and strengthened partnerships, respectively. It further aims at achieving reduced pregnancy and school drop-out among adolescent girls, increase access to adolescent friendly sexual and reproductive health information and service in the Tamale Metropolis. The success of Tamale is expected to be replicated in Ashaiman, in the Greater Accra Region.

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Cross section of participants at the Launch