Wawa Aba platform to revolutionize access to reproductive health
Dec 30, 2019
James Amoh Jnr.
Ghana News Agency
Historically, adolescent reproductive health has been overlooked and largely ignored despite the high risk the country faces for its neglect.
Some of the challenges faced by adolescents include unplanned pregnancy and parenthood, difficulties in accessing contraception and safe abortion, high rate of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and deaths during child birth.
Papa Ralph Hotline To Provide Quick Abortion Information
By Raphael Godlove Ahenu
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.
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.
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.
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.
53,114 abortion cases recorded in government hospitals in 2017
29 October 2018
Medical Doctors in Ghana are worried over increasing unsafe abortion cases in the country. Almost 45 percent of abortions in Ghana remain unsafe amidst high number of abortion cases.
The Ghana Health Service has indicated that a total of 53,114 abortion cases were carried out in 2017 alone in government hospitals across the country. Globally, 25 million unsafe abortion cases occur every year, according to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
‘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.
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
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
‘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