Spread of HIV/AIDS: CSOs call for serious, broader public sensitization

Youth Champion of the national Youth policy in the Northern region, Ndukwe Emmanuel has called for collective efforts from the government and other organizations to sensitize the youth against HIV/AIDS and other sexual-related diseases.

He made the call at the sideline of a two-day consultative meeting of CSOs in Tamale on the youth policy document which was launched by government in August this year.

The event was organized by Ghana Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Alliance for young people (GH SRHR Alliance), a consortium of civil society organizations (CSOs), which includes, Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana, Norsaac, Curious minds, Theatre for social change and Savana Signature funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Dutch government.

The dialogue was focused on taking inputs from the youth groups on issues concerning the youth and how they think and want government to handle issues affecting them.

Speaking to Metro News, Northern regional youth champion of the National Youth Policy, Ndukwe Emmanuel said closer attention should be given to the spread of HIV and Aids amongst the youth, which he said is very alarming.

He also advised the youth to take all the safety precautions serious if they are unable to abstain themselves from having sex.

On her part, coordinator of the youth program, Yeri Nancy called on government to adequately resource the National Youth authority and all the agencies mandated to implement the policy saying, the youth are effectively prepared to help with the implementation so they can sufficiently benefit from it.

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