Cape Coast, August 11, 2015 – The global theme for this year’s International Youth Day has been “Youth Civic Engagement.” However, the theme tailored to fit the planned activity by UNIC and partners is “Ensuring Healthy Life and Promoting Well-being for All Ages”. This theme sought to implore as many youth as possible to willingly contribute their services freely to the development of their communities.
Approximately 70 young volunteers comprising of medical doctors, students, nurses and pharmacists from Ghana and different parts of the world volunteered at the event, which was a health outreach at Nyinasin and Elmina. The dedicated efforts of the youth to the success of the event was a testimony to the essence of youth civic engagement, for which the National Information Officer of UNIC Accra Ms. Cynthia Prah, applauded the volunteers. The Director of FEB Foundation Dr.
Francis Baidoo, a young doctor who put together the team of volunteers, expressed untold excitement at the opportunity to give back to his community. He urged all present to practice healthy living to ensure maximum productivity and longevity. He also acknowledged the selfless efforts of Project Abroad Organization, Living Hope Ministries, Nkwa Foundation and AIESEC UCC.
A community profile on Nyinasin, conducted by the FEB Foundation indicates a rise in cases of teenage pregnancy and high rates of school dropouts, as such the presence of educated young men and women at the outreach was a source of inspiration for the youth. Volunteers mentored the youth on issues of reproductive health, personal hygiene and the need to pursue higher education.
A group of female teenagers including Sekina, 14, Hajaratu 16 and Samiratu 14, interacted with the volunteers and expressed their desire to learn hard, travel the world and help other communities as they have observed them do.
The response from the community has been encouraging. Grace Mensah, a 49 year old beneficiary from Elmina expressed how invaluable the outreach has been to her since she lacks the resources to seek regular health checks. She was very grateful for the opportunity to be freely screened for Hepatitis B and appealed that more of such exercises be frequently organized.