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Stakeholders meet on Healthy Cities for Adolescents Project in Tamale

A two-day inception workshop for the Healthy Cities for Adolescents (HCA) Project in Tamale, Ghana was held at the Radach Hotel, Tamale from November 27-28, 2019.

The meeting was organized by the consortium that is implementing the project: the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), University of Ghana which is the lead and partners including, Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TaMA), University for Development Studies (UDS), Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), Ghana Health Service (GHS), and Ghana Education Service (GES). It was an interactive meeting and aimed to afford the consortium and all stakeholders the opportunity to make their input towards the successful implementation of the project.

The participants were from diverse backgrounds, including civil society organizations, traditional authorities, faith-based organizations, youth groups, non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), local opinion leaders, teachers, parents, academia and health professionals. During the various sessions of the programme, they scrutinized the project objectives and expected outcomes and asked related questions pertaining to its implementation of the project, particularly, its inclusiveness and sustainability.

The Principal Lead of the Project and a Senior Research Fellow at RIPS, Dr Delali Badasu, reviewing the project with the participants noted that it will bring innovative interventions that are aimed at improving the general well-being of adolescents in the metropolis. The project, she explained, targets both in- and out-of- school adolescents, and seeks to promote activities that will contribute to reduction in child marriage and early child bearing, whilst increasing school retention and completion rate among adolescents in the Tamale Metropolis.

By the project activities, Dr Badasu is hopeful that adolescent issues will become a major theme in the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly’s programmes and will subsequently be inculcated into its strategic planning framework during the first year of the project.

The Acting Metropolitan Coordinating Director of TaMA, Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Ahmed in his address pledged the assembly’s support for the project. It therefore played a key role in the organization of the inception meeting.

Other key stakeholders present at the inception include the Northern Regional Youth Network; Ghana News Agency; Sagani TV, a local television station and the Northern Regional Office of the Ghana Statistical Service.

The success of the Tamale project is expected to be replicated in Ashaiman Municipal Assembly, in the Greater Accra Region.