By Kamara Osman Faisal, GNA
Tamale, Aug 07, GNA – Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFDO) has appealed to health care providers to improve the set-up of their work environment to prevent breaches of confidential information on Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) who seek sexual and reproductive health services (SRH).
The GFDO, is also seeking close collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and other non-governmental organisations in the health sector to work to improve the institutional environment within which SRH services are provided.
It said the collaboration should work towards reducing the attitudinal barriers that impeded PWDs access to SRH services in the country.
These formed part of the recommendations of a study conducted by the GFDO to help identify stigma related barriers to SRH of PWDs.
The GFDO conducted the research in eight districts in Northern and Greater Accra Regions from November, 2017 to March, 2018 with support from Amplifychange UK.
The research identified the need to ensure increased supply of information about disability inclusiveness to health personnel working on SRH for improved service delivery to PWDs.
Mr Moses Fordjour, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager of GFDO, who shared the findings of the research with stakeholders including officials of the GHS and the media in Tamale, said there was the need to intensify sex education targeting PWDs, carefully plan and implement with the total involvement of PWDs.”
The research emphasised that “The cost of SHR services should be made affordable to PWDs through the national health insurance scheme and other pro-poor policies of government. This should form a focus area of advocacy by civil society organisations in health.”
It recommended that: “There should be advocacy interventions targeted at Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to provide accessible infrastructure and modify existing ones to provide access to PWDs.”
It said “Policies on inclusive sexual and reproductive health should also be advocated by stakeholders including the strengthening of existing policies.”
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