Ghana: Traditional leaders rally support for family planning in Central Region

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Traditional leaders rally support for family planning in Central Region
6 December 2017

Traditional leaders in the Central Region have called on stakeholders to intensify and support public education on family planning to drastically reduce the rising population of the region.

They indicated that the reported cases of teenage pregnancies and the incidence of unsafe abortions had necessitated the dire need to collectively deal with the menace to reduce the effects associated with it.

Continued at source: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/regional/Traditional-leaders-rally-support-for-family-planning-in-Central-Region-607209

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Ghana: Unsafe Abortion, An Unforgettable Dilemma

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Unsafe Abortion, An Unforgettable Dilemma
Dennis Peprah
Dec 5, 2017

Yaa Serwaa was 15 years old when she had an unsafe abortion. She became pregnant after two years in a relationship that she "did not take seriously".

Serwaa confides: "I relied on natural contraception, using the calendar method but it was ineffective”.

With the help of a friend Serwaa said she prepared and applied some herbs to terminate the pregnancy. "I drank the concoction behind closed doors, in a small room that no one could see me, not even my biological mother”, she said.

Continued at source: https://www.modernghana.com/news/820735/unsafe-abortion-an-unforgettable-dilemma.html

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Ghana: Safe Abortion Campaign Intensified

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Safe Abortion Campaign Intensified
Nov 8, 2017

Ipas Ghana Youth Advisory Board has called on health authorities to make comprehensive sexual and reproductive healthcare services for people in the country accessible, especially to young women.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra, Samuel Nii Lante Lamptey, a board member of Ipas, said the risk of death following complications from the perceived inaccessibility of these services is several times more than that of safe abortion performed by well-trained health service providers.

Continued at source: https://www.modernghana.com/news/815294/safe-abortion-campaign-intensified.html

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Ghana: Safe abortion services are relevant – Ipas

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Safe abortion services are relevant - Ipas
Nov 4, 2017

Ipas Ghana Youth Advisory Board has called on the public to rally behind safe abortion, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care services for young women in the country.

Mr Samuel Nii Lante Lamptey, a Board member of Ipas Ghana Youth Board, said the risk of death following complications of unsafe abortion procedures is several times more than that of safe abortion performed by well-trained health service providers.

Continued at source: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/health/Safe-abortion-services-are-relevant-Ipas-597221

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Ghana: ‘More women die from unsafe abortion’

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‘More women die from unsafe abortion’

Samuel Duodu, 26 October 2017

Unsafe abortion claims the lives of over 47,000 women globally each year, with Africa recording more than 90 per cent of the total deaths. Frequent,unnecessary and unsafe abortion committed by the youth, as well as the lack of access to reproductive health services, could be the causes.

The Communication and Advocacy Chairman of IPAS Ghana’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB), Mr Philip Duah, said this when he addressed the press last Monday after a stakeholders meeting.

He has, therefore, called for strong and persistent efforts by the government, related organisations and institutions to work at improving reproductive health services, particularly for the youth, to help reduce the high rate of unsafe abortion and related deaths.

Continued at source: https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/more-women-die-from-unsafe-abortion.html

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Ghana: Group calls for NHIS cover for unsafe abortion

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Group calls for NHIS cover for unsafe abortion
Tuesday, 24 October 2017

A civil society group IPA is making a bold argument asking government to include abortion treatment to the NHIS.

According to the group it will make more sense and come as a great benefit to the country when the culturally prohibited act is listed onto the scheme.

The group argued that the move will rather lessen financial burden on the scheme if the cost is absorbed by the NHIS.

Continued at source: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/health/Group-calls-for-NHIS-cover-for-unsafe-abortion-593625

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Ghana: Twenty years of contraception use limit family size to two children – NGO

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Twenty years of contraception use limit family size to two children - NGO

Monday 18th September, 2017
By Dennis Peprah, GNA

Atebubu (B/A), Sept. 18, GNA – An average woman must use effective contraception for at least 20 years to limit her family size to two children and 16 years to four children.

Mr. Richard Kuunaah, the Executive Director of GHANECare, a non-governmental organization working to promote and protect the rights of women and children has said.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on a project the NGO was implementing in the Atebubu-Amantin District of the Brong-Ahafo Region, Mr. Kuunaah said two-thirds of unintended pregnancies in developing countries including Ghana occurred among women who were not using any method of contraception.

Continued at source: http://www.ghananewsagency.org/health/twenty-years-of-contraception-use-limit-family-size-to-two-children-ngo--122417

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Ghana: Giving her, the woman, life: Dismantling the damage abortion stigma does to young people and communities

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Giving her, the woman, life: Dismantling the damage abortion stigma does to young people and communities

Posted 24 August 2017
by Akosua Agyepong

My journey to understanding the dynamics of abortion stigma began first in Senior High School, when our School chaplain at Mass asked me a question in front of the student body “What will you do if you get pregnant?” Immediately I realized, I had never been asked that question but I knew what the answer was without thinking twice about it and I said it because it was the truth “I would abort it.”

Really, before then I hadn’t thought about getting pregnant but definitely the answer was sure, ‘Abortion’. It was then I began to realize that every other girl in my school would perhaps toe the same line as me but they won’t openly do it because they were afraid about how they were going to look in other people’s eye and that made me understand why a couple of them would rather drink a mixture of Coca Cola and ground glass than walk into a clinic for the procedure.

Continued at source: https://endabortionstigma.org/en/Making-inroads/2017/August/Giving-the-woman-life-Ghana.aspx

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Ghana: ‘Black market’ abortion is killing our women – MP cries for liberalised laws

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‘Black market’ abortion is killing our women - MP cries for liberalised laws

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Abubakar Ibrahim
Date: August 3, 2017

Member of Parliament for Binduri in the Upper East Region is advocating for the liberalization of Ghana’s laws to allow for abortion.

Dr Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem is worried that the current laws which prohibit abortion is causing the death of thousands of women in the country, as some resort to unorthodox means referred to as the ‘black market’ to get pregnancies terminated.

Continued: Joy Online: http://www.myjoyonline.com/lifestyle/2017/August-3rd/black-market-abortion-is-killing-our-women-mp-cries-for-liberalised-laws.php

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Ghana: Address adolescent reproductive health

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Address adolescent reproductive health
July 5, 2017

The First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has called for a concerted effort by family, community, educationists, health professionals and religious leaders in Africa to address adolescent reproductive health in Africa.

That, she said, had become necessary due to the fact that the family and community, which traditionally were the primary institutions for socialisation, were inhibited by cultural taboos or ignorance in respect of educating the youth about their sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and rights.

Continued at source: Business Ghana: http://www.businessghana.com/site/news/general/148262/-Address-adolescent-reproductive-health-

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