The United States Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan, has lauded the producers of megahit local TV series, “You Only Live Once” (YOLO) for their positive impact on society.
At the premiere of Season 5 of the series at the Silverbird Cinemas in West Hills Mall on May 1, she also commended government, its agencies, and their media partners for making adolescent health a priority.
The series is a part of the “Good Life, Live it Well” campaign that promotes positive health behaviours in a wide variety of areas to include reproductive health, malaria prevention, and nutrition through both traditional and digital media.
She also remarked that “Youth participation is vital to development and can contribute to more sustainable investments to end cycles of poverty, build resilient, democratic societies, improve health and nutrition outcomes and strengthen economies.”
The Ambassador joined representatives from the Ministry for Water Resources and Sanitation, the Ghana Health Service, and the National Population Council to mark this milestone.
Since 2016, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has worked with the Ghana Health Service and the National Population Council and provided financial support to produce the YOLO series.
The YOLO TV series was launched in 2015 by the National Population Council with the aim to educate youth on healthy reproductive behaviour and equip them with skills to deal with peer pressure and the other challenges that affect their everyday lives.
The series has millions of viewers in Ghana and around the world including Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and the United States.