Charles Smith

Charles Smith - 2016 Nominee
Position: Advocate
Organization: Curious Minds Ghana
He has for years been advocating on SRH issues especially the use of contraceptives and family planning. This has helped to reduce the number of teenage pregnancy in the central region. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Since 2009, I have been engaging together with my mother organisation (Curious Minds Ghana) and PPAG in a number of community outreaches on contraceptive usage, effects of illegal abortion and challenges that comes with teenage pregnancy. Communities that were leading in teenage pregnancy in certain areas of the Central Region, have now been able to reduce such cases and dealt with issues of illegal abortion. Today, though the region is not the least in the country, it has been able to make positive strides in the fight to reduce teenage pregnancy.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The number of teenage cases in the region and the MDG's sparked my passion.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

It has been about the misconceptions that people had about contraceptives, but with the continuous advocacy and community engagement, the citizenry have now understood its importance.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

The biggest challenge now is stigma and accessibility in certain remote areas. I am of the conviction that moving more into other parts and educating them is the key to deal with the misconceptions and also providing them with the resources at their doorstep will help make it more accessible.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

A country where issues of teenage pregnancy are brought to the minimum and also where family planning services are accessible by all irrespective of class.

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