Foster Amo

Foster Amo - 2016 Nominee
Position: Volunteer
Organization: Young African Leaders Network, YALN-Ghana
Foster is a leader in his community when it comes to health education with special emphasis on FP. He encourages the community to take charge of their lives. He advocates that child birth shouldn't be accidental. He makes room for victims to reco – lily Danso-Asamoah , customer service personnel at Upper Manya klo rural
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have contributed to the education of teenagers in realising the importance of FP.
I together with my team have covered over one hundred basic school in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions of Ghana.
Our successes over the past three years has been the reduction of teenage pregnancy in the school we have visited.
The knowledge we have provided to the teenagers has been very useful.
We have successfully formed peer educators clubs in about twenty schools, they receive periodic education from us and act as ambassadors for FP.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for family planning was ignited after reading a statistical report by an NGO on the rapid growth of teenage pregnancy in the Country. As at then over seven hundred and fifty thousand teenagers got pregnant that year.
My heart bled for these young girls and the guys involved.
This caused my to put together a team to help educate young people to take charge of their lives and pursue their God given purpose.

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

There are several challenges faced by FP generally in Ghana. But the one that has specifically affected my guest to educate is religious beliefs. Most basic schools in the country are owned by religious organisation and therefore getting access becomes difficult but with our persistency and good interpersonal relationship we are able to convince some to believe in our project.

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

The biggest challenge is the lack of proper coordination of all the FP efforts by various organisations.
The heavy investment been made in family planning are not yielding the required results.
I believe if the efforts by the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service and the National Population council will be coordinated properly together with the NGOs then the we will make giant strikes.

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

In the field of FP I want to establish adolescent friendly counselling centres in Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions by 2021.

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