The Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Initiative began in 2006 with programs focused on teenage pregnancy and sexual health that is often given little attention by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs) or relevant government agencies in the local area. VEG has a long standing partnership with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
In 2006, VEG received a grant from UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) to implement the following programs:
- The Takla Gbogame Teenage Pregnancy Awareness Program (July 2006)
- A Qualitative Survey Amongst Young Mothers of Ho Municipality (October 2006)
- A Health Advice and Referral Service for Young People on RSH issues – the Lady Volta Resource Centre (opened in November 2006 and now VEG Youth Centre)
In 2007, with the support of volunteers and private donations, VEG implemented two new RSH projects:
- In April 2007, to further support the development of VEG’s SRH programming, Cherie Carter (an MSc student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) conducted the following research for her final thesis An Exploration of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Myths and Misconceptions in Ghana: Implications for HIV/AIDS and Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Programs
- In July-August 2007, a play on issues relating to Teenage Pregnancy, performed by the Vinyo Cultural Group.
- In November 2007, VEG became Implementing Partners of UNFPA. This has allowed us to expand and develop our reproductive and sexual health program. VEG has been able to develop a Youth Centre which occupies the second floor of the VEG office. Through the VEG Youth Centre, we have been able to reach youth in the surrounding schools and conduct community outreach to surrounding villages.