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Workshop on Adolescent & Young People Ends

Workshop on Adolescent & Young People Ends

The National School and Adolescents Health Programme with technical support from World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with UNFPA, NGO Partners working with young people and line ministry – the Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MEST) has concluded a week long training workshop that drew participants from all over the country.

The workshop which was held at the Grassroots Gender Empowerment Movement (GEEM) Building at Jones Street, Freetown on the 3rd to the 7th September was geared towards fighting against the promotion of adolescents and young people. The discussions were centred on enhancing the formulated adaptation that is proposed to be finalized in due course.

In an exclusive interview with this press, the Program Coordinator, Sister Fatmata Lansana told this medium that the adaptation of the training Kit on Adolescents Health for Health Care Providers in Sierra Leone is timely and very important for young people as they are the future leaders.

She explained that the objective of the Adaptation of the Document on Adolescent and Young People is to become knowledgeable about the circumstances around adolescents development and to be more sensitive to the needs of adolescents and young people and at the same time, to be better equipped with information and services for adolescents and young people.

In another development, the use of contraceptive among adolescents was discussed as many adolescents around the world do so often without adequate knowledge about Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) and as a result, do not use modern contraceptives or protection against STIs including HIV/AIDS.

Demographic and Health Savory Data from Sub-Saharan African reveals that, in a number of countries, 80 percents of women have had sexual intercourse before age 20 and 21 and that 30% of sexually active have ever used contraceptives.

In her contribution, a representative from Kenema Government Hospital, Musu Rogers said that the training workshop was very educative as according to her, she learned a lot. She the programme as friendly as it was centred on young people and encourages them on how to take care of themselves.

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