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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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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