Safety Net Programme

The Safety Net Programme is the Ghana Health Service’s response to implementing its strategic objective of improving adolescent pregnant girls (married and unmarried) access to timely and quality antenatal care (ANC), Skilled Delivery (SD) and Post Natal Care (PNC). The program also addresses a WHO technical working group consensus statement which included five calls for global action in relation to improving the birth outcomes among adolescent pregnant girls.

  • Make pregnancy, childbirth and post delivery services more accessible to adolescents and more responsive to their needs (adolescent friendly).
  • Provide information about rights and choices for adolescents, including sexuality education for all adolescents.
  • Provide social support for pregnant adolescents, especially those who are very young.
  • Ensure universal education for girls so that pregnant adolescents return to school, and ensure that policies and legislation enable adolescent girls to give consent for tests and treatment.
  • Offer life skills and livelihood skills to lift adolescents out of poverty.

The GHS designed the “Safety net” programme to provide a comprehensive plan of care for adolescent pregnant girls and is being piloted in the Tolon, Kpandai, North Dayi, Krachi East and Ketu South districts. The initiative has four main objectives:

  • Mainstream adolescent-friendliness into Maternal and Child Health service provision
  • Increase access to skilled care among pregnant adolescents
  • Increase uptake of postpartum family planning services among adolescent mothers
  • Decrease the rate of adolescent pregnancy in the focal districts

To achieve these objectives the programme is driven by three main principles of care to ensure that pregnant adolescents receive proper care which are:

  • Early detection
  • Repeated contacts with a skilled care provider
  • Facilitating a supportive network for the pregnant girl