MISSION OF CAWHI

To promote and improve access to quality, youth-friendly and gender-sensitive sexual reproductive health and rights in Ghana and beyond through capacity building, advocacy, research, and quality service delivery...

OUR VISION

We envisage a world of access to quality, youth-friendly and gender-sensitive sexual reproductive health and rights...

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Human rights, gender equality, inclusion and recognition of diversity
Equity and Reaching the most vulnerable adolescents

ABOUT CAWHI

The Centre for Adolescents and Women’s Health Initiative (CAWHI) is a Non- Governmental Not for profit Organization (NGO) established and registered in Ghana (Registration Number: CG055332018).

CAWHI is a youth-led organization that consists of a multi-disciplinary team of health, social science and researchers who are committed to using innovative initiatives and interventions to promote and improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents and women in Ghana and beyond. CAWHI believes that Sexual reproductive health and rights are fundamental to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Although substantive progress has been made in addressing the challenges of sexual and reproductive health and rights, these advances have been inequitable across and within countries. Moreover, in many settings, people continue to have insufficient access to sexual and reproductive health services for particularly neglected, but essential, issues such as adolescent sexuality; sexual and gender-based violence; safe abortion; and child, early and forced marriage. Thus, addressing SRHR issues have become necessary.

Recent Publications

‘‘Don’t Cut Her, No FGM is Safe’’

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injuries the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It is a deeply entrenched social and cultural norm in many places. It is internationally recognized as a human rights violation. Globally, it is estimated that some…

Towards Malaria Elimination: CAWHI Executive Director selected among 25 others as Youth Leaders for Health Advocates

Mr Augustine Kumah, the Executive Director of the Centre for Adolescents and Women’s Health Initiative (CAWHI) Ghana, has been selected among 25 others from Tanzania, Ghana and Sierra Leone under the Youth Leaders for Health Programme. The youth leaders for health programme is a one-year leadership development programme put together by RESULTS UK alongside Hope…

SRHMattersWithSEA: Cervical Cancer

Overview Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer among women globally. Cervical cancer usually develops gradually in the cells (squamous or/and columnar) of the cervix.…

OUR APPROACH

CAWHI uses innovative initiatives and interventions to promote the health and safety of adolescents

Capacity Building

This will take the form of Seminars, Workshops, Training sessions, scientific presentation sessions, Focus Group discussion for adolescent and women etc.

Outreach

Outreach is our most effective way of reaching people and communities who don’t have access to healthcare services and comprehensive information on adolescents and women’s health

Community Engagement

This specifically target gatekeepers (parents, religious leaders, teachers, health providers, and others) who influence young people’s behaviors and engage them early and often.

WE SET THE PACE FOR CHANGE

Building capacity among Adolescents, Women and within Africa

INITIATIVES & INTERVENTIONS

Through Innovative initiatives and interventions, we promote the health and safety of adolescents and women, reducing the region’s high burden of fertility, adolescent pregnancies, unsafe and complicated abortions, maternal mortality, STIs and HIV/AIDS, helping them establish Lifelong Healthy behaviors and improve the health of communities and populations especially the disadvantaged.

PRIORITY AREAS

Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Maternal and Child Health
HIV/AIDS and STIs
Early, Child and Forced Marriage
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
Research
Skill Training and Capacity Building.
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Advocacy and Policy Development.

CAPACITY BUILDING

The Centre will build capacity within Africa’s healthcare system for implementing high quality training and applied innovative initiatives and interventions for reproductive health professionals to tackle policies and programs for preventing, promoting and prolonging the health of the adolescent and women, reducing the region’s high burden of fertility, adolescent pregnancies, unsafe and complicated abortions, maternal mortality, STIs and HIV/AIDS.