NORSAAC spearheaded the organization of the 2nd Northern Ghana SRHR Conference for Young People (NORGHA 2018). The conference was organized with strong partnership from RAINS, Youth Empowerment for Life (YEfL) and the UNFPA. NORGHA 2018 was officially opened by the Vo-Naa, Mohammed Baba Bawa, a revered paramount chief of the Vogu Traditional Paramountcy of the Dagbon Kingdom. In his address, his highness lamented that reproductive health conditions of the young person in Northern Ghana was worse compared to the southern counterpart. He attributed this to the socio-cultural and religious barriers that impede young people’s access to resources, information and services. According to the Chief, the youth population of the world currently was the largest it has ever been, the majority of whom live in urban areas of developing countries. He stressed that with the right investments and policies aimed at youth across sub-Saharan Africa, the youth could lift the continent to greater levels of development and prosperity.

A former Northern Regional Director of the National Population Council, Chief Alhassan Amadu, who was the main conference speaker, encouraged young people to take their education seriously. He also tasked organization to collaborate with the state to work for the betterment of the Ghanaian young person.

In his welcome address, the Executive Director of NORSAAC, Mr. Alhassan Mohammed Awal saluted the young persons who made it to NORGHA 2018. According to him, the foundation of success in the modern world is information. He urged all gathered to contribute to find a lasting solution to the perceived or real socio-cultural and religious practices that serve as barriers to the empowerment of young people especially on SRHR services.

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