Curb high rate of unintended pregnancies in Africa

Curb high rate of unintended pregnancies in Africa

23/08/19
By: Royal Uche

[LAGOS] Consistent political will from governments of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa could help curb the 14 million unintended pregnancies recorded annually in the region, a study says.

Pregnancies occurring when children are unexpected could lead to problems such as unsafe abortion, mental illness and negative quality of women’s lives, researchers from Ghana say, adding that in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) few studies have explored such pregnancies.

Continued: https://www.scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/health/news/curb-high-rate-of-unintended-pregnancies-in-africa.html

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Ghana – Papa Ralph Hotline To Provide Quick Abortion Information

Papa Ralph Hotline To Provide Quick Abortion Information

By Raphael Godlove Ahenu
16.08.2019

Global Media Foundation, human rights media advocacy organization will soon introduce safe abortion information telephone hotlines such as Papa Ralph and Maame Esi in Ghana in helping to provide quick and adequate information on abortion and contraceptives to women especially vulnerable and hard-to-reach young girls who may be considering that option. Such measures according to GLOMEF could reduce maternal morbidity and mortality that results from unsafe abortions in Ghana.

The Founder/CEO of GLOMEF, Raphael Godlove Ahenu who made this known to media, said cultural and religious unacceptability of safe abortion as contributing factor to unsafe abortion practices in Ghana making many women especially young girls indulged in unsafe abortions because they feared the stigma that accompanied unwed pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.modernghana.com/news/950511/papa-ralph-hotline-to-provide-quick-abortion-infor.html

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GHANA – Religious leaders in Ghana encouraged to spend time to educate their members on sex and reproductive health-related issues

GHANA – Religious leaders in Ghana encouraged to spend time to educate their members on sex and reproductive health-related issues

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
June 19, 2019

The Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Foundation, Raphael Godlove Ahenu, who gave the advice, explained that the practice where many churches, mosques and parents shy away from educating their children about sex is a major setback to the campaign against illegal abortions and teenage pregnancies. The lack of sexual and reproductive health education among most young people has led to wanton sexual exploitation, unwanted pregnancies, avoidable deaths, health complications and abuse of emergency contraceptives among others.

Mr. Ahenu was addressing separate health summits with members of ‘Lead Me To Heaven Church’ at Kwatire and Amazing Grace Chapel at Odomase, both in the Sunyani West District as part of activities marking this year’s International Day of Action for Women’s Health, 28 May.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/ghana-religious-leaders-in-ghana-encouraged-to-spend-time-to-educate-their-members-on-sex-and-reproductive-health-related-issues/

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Ghana – More than three million teenage girls undergo unsafe abortion

More than three million teenage girls undergo unsafe abortion

By Regina Benneh/ Eugene Ohemeng, GNA
Sunyani, May 31, 2019

Research has indicated that more than three million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 go through unsafe abortion globally every year.

Madam Ama Nyankoma Asirifi, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regional Adolescent Heath Focal Person of the Regional Health Directorate, made the disclosure in a presentation on Adolescent Sexually and Reproductive Health Right at a sensitization forum in Sunyani.

Continued: http://www.ghananewsagency.org/health/more-than-three-million-teenage-girls-undergo-unsafe-abortion-150769

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Ghana Tops World Abortion Pill Searches

REVEALED: Ghana Tops World Abortion Pill Searches

By Andy Ashong
May 29, 2019

According to a global report, Ghana together with Nigeria topped online global search for abortion pill Misoprostol the last decade.

Per a report derived from Google data, Ghanaians and Nigerians are the world’s leading abortion pill searchers.

These reports 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.ghgossip.com/revealed-ghana-tops-world-abortion-pill-searches/

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Ghana – Illegal Abortion Death High Among Teenagers In Doryumu

Illegal Abortion Death High Among Teenagers In Doryumu

Staff Writer
MAY 15, 2019

The high rate of unsafe abortion at Doryumu, a deprived community in the Shai-Osudoku District of the Greater Accra Region, is purportedly killing teenagers who resort to unorthodox means to get unwanted pregnancies terminated.

The rate at which the community has been invaded by foreigners from neighbouring countries such as Benin, Mali and Niger with unlicensed Chinese medicines and concoctions for terminating pregnancy is alarming.

Continued: https://www.modernghana.com/news/932638/illegal-abortion-death-high-among-teenagers-in-doryumu.html

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Ghana – Seek abortion care at designated facilities – Marie Stopes

Seek abortion care at designated facilities – Marie Stopes
By Albert Futukpor, GNA

Tamale, April 26, GNA – Women especially young ladies have been advised to seek abortion care at designated health facilities with certified medical practitioners to guarantee their safety.

Madam Patricia Antwi-Boasiako, Northern Sector Regional Manager of Marie Stopes Ghana, who gave the advice, said it took a skilled medical practitioner to perform abortion to avoid complications hence need to seek such care at designated facilities.

Continued: http://www.ghananewsagency.org/health/seek-abortion-care-at-designated-facilities-marie-stopes-149031

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Ghana – GHS urged to make safe abortion services readily available

GHS urged to make safe abortion services readily available
Feb 13, 2019

Mr Raphael Godlove Ahenu, the Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF), a human rights advocacy media Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has called on the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to make safe abortion services available.

He said because safe abortion and other sexually reproductive services were not readily available in communities’ unreported cases of unsafe abortion and sexually transmitted infections among adolescents were remained high.

Continued: https://www.businessghana.com/site/news/general/181896/GHS-urged-to-make-safe-abortion-services-readily-available

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Ghana – The battle of values: Health practitioners make medical decisions based on personal values

The battle of values: Health practitioners make medical decisions based on personal values

By Mathias Aboba
Dec 23, 2018

Women seeking legal abortion care including life-threatening complications due to abortion (post-abortion complication) or after suffering miscarriage may be denied care by some health service providers in Ghana due to their religious or moral beliefs, a research finding has revealed.

According to the study, which looked at Conscience-based Objection to abortion care or Conscientious Objection to abortion (CO) conducted in two regions in Ghana Volta and Eastern Regions by reproductive rights advocacy network, Global Doctors for Choice Ghana, a relatively high number of doctors, midwives, nurses and physician assistants who have received training in comprehensive abortion care will rather exercise their right to refuse to provide legal abortion services to women in need due to their religious or morale beliefs.

Continued: https://www.newsghana.com.gh/the-battle-of-values-health-practitioners-make-medical-decisions-based-on-personal-values/

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Ghana – Young PWDs require comprehensive sexual health programmes – Gender Advocate

Young PWDs require comprehensive sexual health programmes - Gender Advocate

Dec 1, 2018

A health Ambassadors’ Club have been launched at the Cape Coast school for the Deaf and Blind with a call on stakeholders to scale up comprehensive reproductive and sexual health programmes for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).

The Health Club aimed at informing and equipping the school children with information about their reproductive health, would help them to make informed decisions concerning their reproductive and sexual health.

Continued: https://www.businessghana.com/site/news/general/177479/Young-PWDs-require-comprehensive-sexual-health-programmes-Gender-Advocate

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