Unsafe abortion in Ghana on the rise despite laws – KNUST research

Mona Lisa Frimpong and Anita Adjoga 
16 November 2020

More women in Ghana continue to have unsafe abortions, despite abortion being legal in the country.

A research by the Kwame Nkrumah University of
Science and Technology showed an estimated 71 percent of all abortions would be
considered illegal by government, despite relatively liberal laws.

Continued: https://www.myjoyonline.com/news/health/unsafe-abortion-in-ghana-on-the-rise-despite-laws-knust-research/


Ghana – PPAG builds capacities of journalists on Comprehensive Abortion Care

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

The Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), a non-governmental organization (NGO), has built the capacities of journalists on effective and objective reporting mechanisms to help curb incidences of unsafe abortion in society.

The two-day capacity development workshop, organized by the PPAG, in Tamale, brought together selected journalists from Northern and Upper West regions and was in line with the NGO’s planned efforts to help reduce unsafe abortions among the youth.

Continued: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/PPAG-builds-capacities-of-journalists-on-Comprehensive-Abortion-Care-1100752


More than 50% of all pregnancies in Ghana are unintended

Oct 28, 2020

Every year in Ghana 767,200 pregnancies, that is 53 per cent of all pregnancies were unintended.

Stakeholders in the health sector made a call on the government and non-governmental partners to reduce the burden of unsafe abortion by educating the public on the country’s abortion laws.

Continued: https://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2020/10/28/more-than-50-of-all-pregnancies-in-ghana-are-unintended/


Africa: Essential Women’s Health Services at Risk Amid Covid-19

By JOHN LAZAME TINDANBIL
Oct 4, 2020

Bolgatanga, Ghana — The COVID-19 pandemic is setting back important progress on women’s health across Africa. There are many reasons for this, including lockdown restrictions which are keeping women at home, concerns about catching the virus, and the closure of women’s health services. These problems are not simple ones, but they to be acknowledged and addressed.

In my own country, Ghana, where my organisation runs safe abortion and family planning services in the north of the country, we saw a sharp drop in the number of women accessing our services from April to August 2020, compared to the same period last year.

Continued: https://thestreetjournal.org/2020/10/africa-essential-womens-health-services-at-risk-amid-covid-19/


Ghana – Reducing Unsafe Abortions, The Need For A More Comprehensive Services And Care For Women

By Afedzi Abdullah
09/09/2020

Despite Ghana having relatively liberal laws on abortion, the procedure continues to be highly stigmatised, and as a result, many abortions are done illegally.

Consequently, the country is lacking accurate data on abortion incidence and unintended pregnancies which are very essential to planning reproductive health services.

Continued: https://www.modernghana.com/news/1028434/reducing-unsafe-abortions-the-need-for-a-more.html


Ghana – PPAG rolls out programme to curb unsafe abortion

Emmanuel Kwasi Debrah
8 September 2020

The Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) has rolled out the Comprehensive Abortion Care Accountability programme to curb unsafe abortion.

Project Director, Owusu Banahene notes unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal mortality in Ghana.

Continued: https://www.myjoyonline.com/news/regional/ppag-rolls-out-programme-to-curb-unsafe-abortion/


Ghana – Wassa East District youth leaders receive training on reproductive health

By Ghana News Agency
Aug 14, 2020

The Western Regional Coordinating Council and National Youth Authority in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFP), have organised a day’s advocacy training for about forty-five youth leaders in the Wassa East District of the Western Region.

The programme, which forms part of the celebration of this year’s International Youth Day, was to among others sensitize the youth on their Sexual Reproductive Health Right (SRHR) and Sexual and Gender Base Violence (SGBV).

Continued: https://newsghana.com.gh/wassa-east-district-youth-leaders-receive-training-on-reproductive-health/


Ghana – Towards an End to Abortion Stigma

Towards an End to Abortion Stigma

By Joshua Okyere
1.05.2020

Sexual and reproductive health and rights are imperative components of ensuring good health and wellbeing of all. It covers issues of family planning, contraceptive use, abortion, comprehensive sexuality education and gender equality. As a matter of fact, it is the fundamental human right of individuals to decide freely and responsibly without coercion and violence, the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health (ICPD 1994). Hence, the global community has championed the need for SRHR to be prioritized with UNICEF and UNDP being at the forefront of this.

The world has made great strides in this regard yet there is more to be done. Among all of these SRHR issues, abortion has been a perennial concern for individuals and decision makers. In the true sense of it, abortion can happen clinically, hence, it is dubbed as spontaneous abortion. The main issue of contention has to do with induced abortion.

Continued: https://www.modernghana.com/news/999259/towards-an-end-to-abortion-stigma.html


Ghana – More teenage girls attempt unsafe abortion in Sunyani West Municipality

More teenage girls attempt unsafe abortion in Sunyani West Municipality

Friday 28th February, 2020
By Dennis Peprah, GNA

Odumase (B/R), Feb. 28, GNA – Twenty cases of unsafe abortion were reported in the Sunyani West Municipality of the Bono Region in 2019 says the Municipal Health Directorate.

The cases were reported at Chiraa, Fiapre, Odumase and Nsoatre among girls between 12 and 18 years, but no death was recorded.

Continued: https://ghananewsagency.org/health/more-teenage-girls-attempt-unsafe-abortion-in-sunyani-west-municipality--164776


Ghana – Wawa Aba platform to revolutionize access to reproductive health

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.

Continued: https://ghananewsagency.org/features/wawa-aba-platform-to-revolutionize-access-to-reproductive-health-161975