Assessing the extent of the implementation of Mobile-Helth Technologies (mHealth) to improve access and use of Sexual and Reproductive Health-related services for rural Adolescent girls in Ghana
Name: Alexander Suuk Laar
Supervisors: Prof Deborah Loxton and Dr Melissa Harris
Meeting the reproductive health needs of adolescent girls is one of the major challenges facing Ghana. Ghana has a young age structure, with approximately 57% of the population under the age of 25.The adolescent population aged between 10 and 19 years, has consistently accounted for about one in five Ghanaians since 1960. Adolescents’ health has been identified as a major public health concern in Ghana and a major topical issue for governments, non-governmental organizations, policymakers and service providers. It is highlighted as one key area that requires critical attention in the nation's population programs. Adolescents’ sexuality and reproductive health remains a highly charged moral issue in Ghana. It is compounded by the fact that in most cases, reproductive health services are not oriented towards adequately meeting the needs of adolescents. This trend is even higher in rural areas where there is largely limited access to quality reproductive health services. Cognizant of this, some International Non-Governmental Organizations and community-based organizations are working to augment the government of Ghana’s effort to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 3 by 2030. These organizations partner with the Ghana Health Service to orient sexual and reproductive health service in mHealth. There is a growing interest in the effect of mHealth in Sexual and Reproductive Health care service delivery. My research seeks assess the extent of the implementation of sexual and reproductive health-related mHealth interventions for adolescent girls in rural settings of Ghana to inform policy on the feasibility of using mHealth to improve access and use of sexual and reproductive health services in Ghana.