The Planning Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone (PPASL) which is a member of the International Planning Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has on Friday 18th March, 2016 ended a two day capacity building training for media practitioners. The training took place at Grassroots Gender Empowerment Movement (GGEM) in Freetown.
In his presentation, Dr. Victor Massaquoi said the aim of the training was to promote Adolescents, Sexual Reproductive Health and Right (ASRH&R) issues in the country.
Dr. Massaquoi said the country currently has a youthful population of about 46%. He said PPASL is a non-profit, a non- political and a volunteer based organization that works to compliment the effort of the government in the promotion and provision of sexual and reproductive health and right services targeting vulnerable women, men and young people in marginalized and hard –to-reach communities in the country.
Mrs. Sarah P. Koroma, in her presentation, informed that 34% of teenage girls get pregnant before age 18 years and 30 % of these pregnancies end up in unsafe abortion. She added that according to UNCIEF 2010 research, teenagers account for 40% of maternal death.
Mrs. Koroma defined adolescent as a transition period in which the individual is neither a child nor an adult.
The individual goes through physical and psychological changes accompanied by sexual maturation leading to the capacity to procreate.
Mrs. Koroma also stated that young people take greater risks than adults and are often engage in early unprotected sex, resulting in undesirable consequences.
The workshop was well attended by media practitioners and civil society activists whose participation was meaningful towards the promotion and provision of sexual and reproductive health and right services targeting vulnerable women, men and young people in the country.
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