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A Deputy Minister of Health, Kingsley Aboagye-Gyedu, says his Ministry is collaborating with the Ghana Education Service and the Ghana Health Service to ensure that Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is integrated in the next Ghana Education Service (GES) Curriculum Review, to allow for provision of policy within the school setting.
He said this is to enhance adolescent access to sexual and reproductive health information and services in schools, and reduce unwanted pregnancies among adolescents.
Mr. Aboagye-Gyedu added that the NHIS law has been amended to include Family Planning services. He was speaking at Ghana’s Family Planning 2020 Tracking Event in Accra.
Family Planning is based on the principle that all women, no matter where they live, have access to lifesaving contraceptives.
The two-day event was to take stock of the progress Ghana has made so far, the challenges and the measures put in place to ensure Ghana achieves the Family Planning target by 2020. Thus, increasing the demand and support for family planning  and fostering innovative approaches to family planning challenges.
Mr. Kingsley Aboagye-Gyedu noted that government is committed to increasing its financial support to procure more contraceptives.
The Director of the Family Health Division, Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye said the goal of the 2020 target is to enable 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020. He noted that the trend in Adolescents accessing family planning services increased from 13 point four in 2016 to 16 point one in 2017.
Director General of the Ghana Health Service Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, whose speech was read on his behalf said despite the knowledge of at least one method of family planning being nearly universal in Ghana, with 99 percent of women and men having this knowledge, uptake is still significantly low.
The Country Representative of UNFPA Ghana, Niyi Ojuolape commended Ghana for strides in making family planning services available and affordable to all.

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