npcThe availability and use of condoms and lubricant is essential for preventing the spread of Sexually Transmitted   Infections   (HIV   and   STIs) and unplanned pregnancies. In recent times, expects have sought   to   draw   the   attention   of   policy and decision-makers to the strong linkage between family planning (including condom use) and development.

In Ghana, this recognition has led to the development of several national policies, plans and strategies. Unfortunately, this knowledge has not been effectively translated into sustainable programming to expand family planning services including condom use. Thus, while there is almost universal knowledge of family planning in Ghana, uptake is relatively low.

The National Condom and Lubricant strategy (NCLS) 2016-2020, represents the Governments of Ghana’s commitment to ensure quality sexual and reproductive health for all Ghanaians. This is critical given the dual protection and condoms provide. (Download full publication)

rpidDevelopment is complex, multidimensional, and intricately linked with population dynamics. In recognition of these factors, the 1995 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action (POA) recommended integrating population factors into development planning.

The population of a country has an impact on its socioeconomic development indicators as it forms the human resource base for national growth and development and is as well  the  direct  benefciary of  development.    In Ghana,  the effects of population growth have not occurred uniformly
nationwide, just as population dynamics are not homogenous across the country.

Ghana has over the years adopted several measures such the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategies I & II (GPRS I & II) and the Ghana Shared Growth Development Agenda (GSGDA, 2010 - 2013) to achieve macroeconomic stability with  varying  degrees  of  success.    In  recent  times,  infation declined steadily, reaching single-digit levels before rising again in 2013. Substantial economic growth and increases in per capita income over time have accompanied these declines in infation rates. Real GDP increased an average of 4.3 percent from 1998 to 2002 and surpassed 8 percent in 2008 falling slightly to 7.6 percent by 2013... (Download full publication)

ifullndicatorsGhana is situated on the West Coast of Africa, off the Gulf of Guinea. It occupies a land area of 238,589 square kilometres and  is bordered on the west by Cote d’Ivoire, east by Togo and the north by Burkina Faso. The country consists of ten administrative regions, subdivided into 170 districts to ensure efficient and effective administration at the local levels. Ghana’s economy is mainly agricultural with crops produced  for both local consumption and exports. Minerals and timber also contribute to the country’s earnings. In 2009, Ghana attained  lower middle-income status and in 2010, became an oil producing country. Currently, the country is said to have one of the fastest growing economies in the world, however, the continuous rapid population growth is threatening the economic progress achieved and  has implications for the development of the country. (Click to downlod full publication)

The direction for population management in Ghana is expressed in the National Population Policy, (Revised Edition, 1994). The Revised Policy, which preceded the ICPD-PoA, sought to incorporate emerging issues (HIV/AIDS and the Youth). Indeed the National Population Policy (Revised Edition, 1994), anticipated in many respects, the principles, strategies and features adopted in the ICPD-PoA. This was in line with Article 37, Clause 4 of Ghana’s
Fourth Republican Constitution (1992), which calls for government to maintain a population policy consistent with the aspirations, objectives and development needs of the country.

Over the years, African governments have put in place development plans to improve upon the living conditions of their people. In Ghana, the primary aim of Vision 2020 was to attain a middle-income status by the year 2020... (Publication Document: ICPD- TABLE OF CONTENT | ICPD CONTENT | ICPD APPENDIX)