Africa – From Counting To Ensuring Everyone Counts

From Counting To Ensuring Everyone Counts

Dailyguide Africa
October 6, 2018
Dereje Wordofa with Samira Bawumia

At first glance, one may think the Ussher Fort Polyclinic only serves the purpose of a health facility for the people of Jamestown; providing basic healthcare needs for residents in its catchment areas.

But the health facility does a little more than just providing healthcare services.

The facility houses a skills training centre where teenage mothers and girls who have dropped out of school acquire dressmaking skills in a two-year programme being sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Continued: http://dailyguideafrica.com/from-counting-to-ensuring-everyone-counts/

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Ghana – Government Should Strengthen Policies For Safe Abortions

Government Should Strengthen Policies For Safe Abortions

Oct 5, 2018

Mr Philip Duah, Communication and Advocacy Chairman of the Youth Advisory Board, Ipas Ghana, has called for the enforcement of existing policies and laws on safe abortions to reverse the current abortion-related deaths among women and adolescent girls.

Making reference to a World Health Organization (WHO) reports, he said 7 million women in developing countries were admitted to hospitals every year as a result of unsafe abortion, whiles 4.7 to 13.2 per cent of maternal deaths occurring each year, can be attributed to unsafe abortions.

Continued: https://www.modernghana.com/news/887836/government-should-strengthen-policies-for-safe-abortions.html

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Ghana – Maternal deaths up in Sekondi and Takoradi

Maternal deaths up in Sekondi and Takoradi

5 October 2018

The Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) has recorded an increase in maternal deaths at the various health facilities in the metropolis.

A report compiled by the assembly attributed the deaths to bleeding after birth, late reporting, religious beliefs, unsafe abortion and hypertension.

Continued: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/health/Maternal-deaths-up-in-Sekondi-and-Takoradi-690385

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Ghana – ‘Stigmatisation causes women to seek unsafe abortion services’

‘Stigmatisation causes women to seek unsafe abortion services’

Date: Oct 04 , 2018
BY: Salomey Appiah-Adjei

Women with unwanted pregnancy who intend to access safe abortion services in Ghana suffer stigmatization and that deters them from seeking such services. They, therefore, resort to unsafe abortion, which can lead to complications such as severe infections, infertility and even death.

The Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), Mrs Abena Adubea Amoah Acheampong, who made the observation, however, pointed out that the law allowed for safe abortion by a registered professional at a registered facility if the pregnancy had the tendency to affect the woman physically, psychologically or financially.

Continued: https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/health/stigmatisation-causes-women-to-seek-unsafe-abortion-services.html

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Melania Trump’s sunny message in Africa at odds with US policy

Melania Trump's sunny message in Africa at odds with US policy

By David McKenzie and Brent Swails, CNN
October 3, 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN)First lady Melania Trump's solo swing through Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt should come as no surprise.
It has become something of a tradition for US first ladies.

In the 1990s, Hillary Clinton met with Nelson Mandela and toured his jail cell on Robben Island. Laura Bush traveled to Africa to visit HIV/AIDS programs. Michelle Obama, who focused more on domestic issues, still made it out to South Africa and Botswana on a solo tour.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/03/africa/flotus-africa-trip-intl/index.html

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Nigeria – I Now Enjoy My Sex Life, Thanks To Family Planning

I Now Enjoy My Sex Life, Thanks To Family Planning

By Ijeoma Ukazu
On Jul 19, 2018

“I enjoy every style of sex with my husband without complaining. I am enjoying myself. I am looking fresh and better.” This was the confession of Mrs. Titilope Adeyemi, a mother of two.

The highly elated accountant, who works with a firm in Lagos, told our correspondent that she has been on the implant method of family planning since the past six months.

Mrs. Adeyemi said, “I was introduced to the Implant at Primary Health Care Centre, Mascara, in Alapere, Ikosi Agoyi-Ketu. Some tests were carried out before the implant was inserted on my arm.

Continued: https://thewhistler.ng/story/i-now-enjoy-my-sex-life-thanks-to-family-planning/

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Despite ban in Nigeria, Ghana, search for abortion pills highest in both countries – Survey

Despite ban in Nigeria, Ghana, search for abortion pills highest in both countries – Survey

June 8, 2018
Ebuka Onyeji

While Nigeria’s abortion laws are some of the most restrictive in the world, the country ranks top among countries its citizens are in search of abortion pills, a new survey has revealed.

Nigeria and Ghana are the two countries with the highest search interest in Misoprostol, an abortion pill, the BBC reports.

Continued: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/271561-despite-ban-in-nigeria-ghana-search-for-abortion-pills-highest-in-both-countries-survey.html

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100 Women: The modern face of the ‘DIY abortion’

100 Women: The modern face of the 'DIY abortion'

6 June 2018

Global online searches for abortion pills have more than doubled over the last decade, BBC analysis of Google searches shows. The findings also suggest that in countries where abortion laws are more restrictive, there is greater search interest in abortion pills.

By buying pills online and sharing medical advice through WhatsApp groups, women are increasingly turning to technology to sidestep legal barriers to abortion.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-44089526

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Africans are searching for abortion pills online more than anyone else in the world

Africans are searching for abortion pills online more than anyone else in the world

by Bridget Boakye
June 06, 2018

Women’s health is an especially big concern in Sub-Saharan Africa, and safe pregnancy and abortion top the list as one of many women’s most pressing health concern.

According to the UNICEF, global maternal mortality ratio declined by 44 per cent between 1990 to 2015 but it remains unacceptably high in sub-Saharan Africa. The region accounted for 62% (179 000) of global maternity-related deaths in 2013. One of the major complications that account for nearly 75% of all maternal deaths is unsafe abortions (WHO).

Continued: https://face2faceafrica.com/article/africans-are-searching-for-abortion-pills-online-more-than-anyone-else-in-the-world

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Maternal Mortality: Ghana In Focus

Maternal Mortality: Ghana In Focus

15 May 2018 | Opinion/Feature
Anani Gideon

Are our mothers free and safe from the challenges they face during pregnancy till child birth? Is Ghana free from maternal mortality? What is our nation doing about maternal mortality? A lot of lives were lost when we talk of maternal and child mortality, people lost their love ones, people lost their new born which they were looking forward to getting for years. Lives that can contribute to the development of this nation. In fact Ghana has lost so many lives especially in our rural areas due to less development of our health system. Pregnancy is one physiological condition that differentiates a man from a woman and leads to the procreation of young ones and should not be the cause of elimination of human life.

Continued: https://www.modernghana.com/news/854121/maternal-mortality-ghana-in-focus.html

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