Ghana: Youth in Bukom sensitised on dangers of unsafe abortion

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Youth in Bukom sensitised on dangers of unsafe abortion

Bukom Youtg
24 June 2017

Over 100 youth living in Israel, a fishing community located within Bukom, a suburb of Accra, has been vigorously sensitised on the dangers of illegal abortion under a project dubbed ‘Abortion 360’.

They were also advised to always adopt the practice of comprehensive abortion care (CAC) to stay out of danger.

Continued at source: Ghana Web: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/health/Youth-in-Bukom-sensitised-on-dangers-of-unsafe-abortion-552093

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Ghana: Campaign to address teenage pregnancy launched

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Campaign to address teenage pregnancy launched

Dominic Moses Awiah
23 June 2017

A Non-governmental organisation, Liams Foundation International, has launched a campaign to help address the increasing rate of teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortion in the country.

The campaign, to be carried out in all the 10 regions of the country, will focus on creating awareness of how to avoid unwanted pregnancy in teenage girls, as well as educating those who are already pregnant on the need to prevent unsafe abortion.

Continued at source: Graphic Online: http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/campaign-to-address-teenage-pregnancy-launched.html

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Ghana: More teenagers engage in unsafe abortion at Brohani – Midwife

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More teenagers engage in unsafe abortion at Brohani – Midwife
Jun 19, 2017

Unsafe abortion among teenagers has reached an alarming state at Brohani, a farming community in the Banda District of the Brong-Ahafo Region.
Madam Mamunatu Ibrahim, the midwife in-charge of the Brohani Rural Clinic, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview that the practice was among girls between the ages of 13 and 15 years.

Though she could not immediately provide figures on cases reported, Madam Ibrahim said early marriage was the major contributory factor to the unsafe abortion rates in the area. She said teenage pregnancy was rife in the area, and appealed to relevant institutions to help control early and forced marriages in the community.

Continued at source: News Ghana: https://www.newsghana.com.gh/more-teenagers-engage-in-unsafe-abortion-at-brohani-midwife/

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Provider obstruction: a major threat to critical maternal health services in Northern Ghana

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Provider obstruction: a major threat to critical maternal health services in Northern Ghana
17 April 2017
Source: Mathias Aboba

A study has revealed that access to critical maternal health care service in the three regions of Northern Ghana; Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions is impeded with clinicians refusing to provide some legally prescribed services due to their moral or religious beliefs.

The research known as the Conscientious Objection to Legal Abortion Care was undertaken by reproductive health advocacy network, Global Doctors for Choice-Ghana (GDC, Ghana).

Continued at source: Ghana Web: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/health/Provider-obstruction-a-major-threat-to-critical-maternal-health-services-in-Northern-Ghana-529455

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Ghana: ‘B/A reports more cases of abortion among adolescents’

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‘B/A reports more cases of abortion among adolescents’

Biiya Mukusah Ali
5 April 2017

Statistics from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) show that reported cases of abortion among adolescents in the Brong Ahafo Region increased from 1,161 in 2015 to 1,224 last year.

This represents 12.7 per cent of the national figure, making the region the third highest region with reported adolescent abortion cases.

However, at the national level, recorded cases of abortion among adolescents during the period decreased from 9,944 in 2015 to 9,612 cases last year.

Continued at source: Graphic Online: http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/b-a-reports-more-cases-of-abortion-among-adolescents.html

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The Global Gag Rule: America’s Deadly Export

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The Global Gag Rule: America’s Deadly Export

The policy that plucks U.S. dollars from any international health care initiative tied to abortion has been reinstated by President Trump — and a lot of African women are going to die as a result.

By Jill Filipovic

Photography by Nichole Sobecki
March 20, 2017

Fred Gbagbo recognized the woman right away, even though the blood had drained from her face and was instead pooling between her legs. There was no trace of the pushy, even demanding young woman in this listless body lying semiconscious in front of him. During their first encounter just hours earlier, he’d concluded that she was a devil trying to tempt angels. Now, seeing her so pale, he wasn’t so sure.

That morning, she had interrupted a pre-work prayer he was conducting with other student doctors in the gynecology unit of a teaching hospital in Ghana; she was pregnant, she said, and she wanted an abortion. Gbagbo and his colleagues, devout Christians all, knew what to do. They told her no, preached her the Gospel, and sent her on her way, proud they had so uncompromisingly cast her out, certain they had deterred her from sin.

But here she was back again, and Gbagbo couldn’t shake the nagging, nauseating feeling that perhaps it was he who had sinned. Their examination revealed a perforated uterus, the likely result of an attempt to perform the abortion herself, or the botched efforts of a local freelancer; either way, she wasn’t talking, and her body told only the worst of the story. They took her to the operating room, but it didn’t matter. She died there hours later, a first-year medical student and her parents’ only daughter.

A decade later, one question still haunts Gbagbo: “Who killed this poor girl?”

The possible answer — that in refusing the woman care, it was Gbagbo who was culpable for her death — branded a mark of guilt on his heart so deep that it set him on a new path. Not long after, he started his work as an advocate for safe abortion, which led him to become a leader in developing Ghana’s national policy on comprehensive abortion care. Now, he is the national director of medical development in Ghana for Marie Stopes, an international NGO, overseeing private facilities that provide family planning, infertility treatment, prenatal care, and safe abortions for women in need.

Continued at source: Foreign Policy: http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/03/20/the-global-gag-rule-americas-deadly-export-trump-africa-women-reproductive-rights/

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Ghana: Campaign against unsafe abortion intensifies in Brong-Ahafo

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Campaign against unsafe abortion intensifies in Brong-Ahafo
Feb 21, 2017
by Dennis Peprah, GNA

Atebubu (B/A), Feb 21, GNA – The campaign to substantially reduce unsafe abortion, particularly among young women in the Brong-Ahafo Region, has intensified.

This is being spearheaded by Global Hands on Natural Environmental Care (GHANECare), a non-profit organization - working to promote women, children and youth rights to basic social services, with support from Mennion Daniel’s Limited – a multilateral funding agency.

Continued at source: Ghana News Agency: http://www.ghananewsagency.org/health/campaign-against-unsafe-abortion-intensifies-in-brong-ahafo--113468

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Ghana: Queenmothers Stand Against Illegal Abortion

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Queenmothers Stand Against Illegal Abortion
Feb 18, 2017

The queens from across the 18 municipalities and districts in the region have been organizing durbars and meetings in the communities to educate the people, particularly teenage girls on reproductive health.

This is being done in partnership with Ipas Ghana and the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG).

Continued at source: News Ghana: https://www.newsghana.com.gh/queenmothers-stand-against-illegal-abortion/

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‘There will be more deaths’: NGOs on Trump’s anti-abortion rule

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'There will be more deaths': NGOs on Trump's anti-abortion rule

We asked NGOs how the reinstatement of the ‘global gag’ rule will impact what they do, and the people they work with. Here are some of the responses.

Katherine Purvis and Guardian readers

Thursday 9 February 2017

Three days after his inauguration, Donald Trump reinstated the “global gag” rule, which prohibits the use of US aid money for abortions, prevents NGOs from using private funds for abortion services, from referring women to groups that provide abortions, and even from offering information on services.

We asked NGOs around the world to tell us how the policy impacted them in the past, and what it means for their work today.
Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2017/feb/09/trumps-global-gag-abortion-women-health-ngos

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Trump Vs International Abortion

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Trump Vs International Abortion
Feb 7, 2017

Heather Jeffrey, Lecturer in Tourism Studies at the University of Bedfordshire

Donald Trump has been in office for but two weeks and already he is dramatically changing the face of the World as we know it. One of Trump’s first actions was to reinstate the global gag rule, a rule initially devised in 1984 by Ronald Reagan. When initiating this, Reagan drew heavily on the morality of US citizens, suggesting the rule was about removing financial support for abortions around the world. Similarly, the conversation about the gag rule has mostly focused around the subject of abortion. Yet, what the gag rule actually does is reduce funding for organisations that educate and counsel on a whole range of issues, including family planning, maternal health, HIV prevention and testing, contraception and sex education for young people.

In order to better understand how this might affect women in the countries that may see a dramatic reduction in financial aid supporting family planning, I interviewed Dr Bianca Stumbitz, who has extensive experience researching issues related to maternity protection including in both Ghana and Malaysia. Bianca draws primarily on her experiences in Ghana, working on an ILO funded study concerning maternity protection in the workplace, looking especially at informal workers in impoverished areas, where access to health care is a key challenge.

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/heather-jeffrey/trump-v-international-abo_b_14630600.html

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