Deputy Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs Mustapha Bia, has called on the Community Wellness Advocates to fully embark on outreach activities with pregnant women, lactating mothers and young girls with regards teenage pregnancy, sexual and Gender Based Violence and maternal health.
He made this call during a refresher training of Community Wellness Advocacy Groups on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in Kambia and Portloko.
The Community Wellness Advocates was established in 2010 by the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs with support from the United Nations Population Fund, to educate women and young girls about maternal health and reproductive health rights in their communities.
During the Ebola outbreak, the program was put on hold.
Deputy Minister of Social Welfare Mustapha Bai Atila said women and young girls suffer a lot in the area of sexual and gender based violence, adding that during the Ebola outbreak women and girls were sexually abused.
Programme Associate Gender and Reproductive Health of the United Nations Population Fund, Agnes Bangalie said refresher training for advocates is significant, as they have been creating a lot of impact in their localities.
Doctor Suffian Kargbo attached to the 34th Military Hospital explained about the importance of antenatal and postnatal care for pregnant women and lactating mothers.
He said every pregnant woman must attend antenatal care until delivery to prevent complications.