49 maternal deaths recorded between January and May 2022 in the Eastern Region

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Forty-nine (49) institutional maternal deaths were recorded between January and May this year in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

The current rate paints a gloomy forecast of a sharp rise this year defeating gains made in a gradual reduction of the menace.  

Continued: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/49-maternal-deaths-recorded-between-January-and-May-2022-in-the-Eastern-Region-1566374

Ashanti Region recorded 174 maternal deaths in 2021 – GHS

May 27, 2022
CNR Citi Newsroom

The Ashanti Regional Health Directorate says 174 cases of maternal deaths were recorded in the region in 2021, with many of these deaths caused by unsafe abortion; a situation it has described as worrying.

According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), global statistics suggest that 5 to 10% of women die through unsafe abortion annually.

Continued: http://www.businessghana.com/site/news/general/263464/Ashanti-Region-recorded-174-maternal-deaths-in-2021-%E2%80%93-GHS

Ghana – Maternal mortality through unsafe abortion is injustice to women – Dr. Tinkorang

May 26, 2022

Dr Emmanuel Tinkorang, the Ashanti Regional Director of Health Services, has said that it is injustice for women to die as a result of abortion related complications.

He said it was disheartening that women had to bear the consequences of unwanted pregnancy alone with the ultimate prize of losing their lives through unsafe abortion despite the fact that it took two people to get pregnant.

Continued: https://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2022/05/26/maternal-mortality-through-unsafe-abortion-is-injustice-to-women-dr-tinkorang/

Too many have suffered under Ghana’s abortion laws. Ending Roe v Wade risks our hope for change

In a country where stigma, poverty and religious beliefs compound anti-abortion laws, a rollback on US rights will only embolden extremists

Bisi Adjapon, The Guardian
Mon 23 May 2022

No one knew she’d had multiple abortions. Not even me, a lifelong friend. “I can’t even count how many times I had to do it. He wouldn’t let me use contraception and he wouldn’t wear anything.” Sitting opposite her at a restaurant, I felt deep anguish. This was a prominent Ghanaian official.

She told me how my novel, The Teller of Secrets, had stirred memories she had tried to suppress. It was not the only shame-filled confession triggered by the book. An award-winning Ghanaian film-maker messaged me to share harrowing accounts of a Muslim woman’s abortions she couldn’t make public. Literary friends of mine have confided similar pain. Almost every African woman I know, mid-30s and above, has had an abortion or two, or more.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/may/23/too-many-have-suffered-under-ghana-abortion-laws-ending-roe-wade-risks-hope-for-change

Abortion still criminal offence – Dr Appiah

May 19, 2022

The Deputy Bono East Regional Director of Public Health, Dr Paulina Appiah, said abortion is a criminal offence and still remains as such under Act 29, section 58 of the criminal code of 1960.

She said it was only legal under section one of the law if an abortion or miscarriage is caused where pregnancy was a result of rape, defilement and incest, and the abortion was requested by the victim or her family.

Continued: https://www.ghanaiantimes.com.gh/abortion-still-criminal-offence-dr-appiah/

Ghana – Don’t overlook abortion related deaths — GHS

March 27, 2022

Ms Naomi Acquah, the Western Regional Focal Person on the Comprehensive Abortion Care project has described abortion-related maternal deaths as a neglected tragedy that must not be overlooked by society.

According to medical experts, there is about 23 per cent out of 100 pregnancies ended up in unsafe abortion and thereby risking the lives of women involved, aside from complications, disabilities and long-term infertility issues.

Continued: https://www.modernghana.com/news/1147982/dont-overlook-abortion-related-deaths.html

Ghana records 266,000 abortions in 4 years

A newly released model of estimates for pregnancies and abortions in the world shows that some 266,000 abortions were done in Ghana within four years.

March 26, 2022
The Pulse

The Guttmacher Institute, the World Health Organisation and the UN’s Human Reproduction Programme (HRP) released the first-ever model-based estimates of unintended pregnancy and abortion rates for 150 countries, highlighting major disparities in access to sexual and reproductive health care.

The study analyses rates from 2015 to 2019, with the aim of providing deeper insights into access to sexual and reproductive health services in countries of all income levels across the globe.

Continued; https://www.pulse.com.gh/news/local/ghana-records-266000-abortions-in-4-years/n2dmvvv

19 States Ignore Global Evidence and Move to Block Access to Abortion Pills

Despite a wealth of research that shows medical abortion at home is effective, safe, acceptable and improves access to care, 19 U.S. states are introducing laws to block access to the medication.

by SARAH SHAW, Ms. Magazine

At the end of 2021, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would permanently ease federal restrictions on abortion pills. They’re allowing these drugs to be sent by mail, after a medical consultation by phone rather than requiring an in-person visit. The change has been welcomed by healthcare providers who point to the importance of providing women with safe methods in the fight to eliminate unsafe abortion and related deaths and injury.

Along with the need to overcome obstacles created by COVID-19, so that women can safely exercise their right to choose even during the pandemic, supporters also point to the sharp increase in gender-based violence during the pandemic—with many women unable to leave their homes—as another reason why medical abortion at home is so important.

Continued: https://msmagazine.com/2022/02/10/medication-abortion-pills-usa-states-reproductive-health/

Ghana Health Service to incorporate family planning methods into NHIS package

Dec 18, 2021
GBC Ghana Online

The Ghana Health Service intends to incorporate Family Planning Methods into the National Health Insurance Package.  The service is also working to Institutionalize Comprehensive Abortion Care in both Public and Private Facilities. These are part of measures to prevent Maternal Mortalities and Disabilities in the country’s health facilities.

The Director of Family Health Division of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Kofi Issa at the launch of Zero Tolerance for Preventable Maternal Deaths and Disabilities in Accra, noted that most complications including deaths recorded at health facilities were from unsafe abortions.

Continued: http://www.businessghana.com/site/news/general/252986/-Family-planning-to-be-included-in-NHIS

Ghana – Zero tolerance for maternal deaths campaign launched in Accra

Dec 14, 2021

A Maternal Health promotion campaign dubbed, ‘Zero Tolerance for Preventable Maternal Deaths and Disabilities’ has been launched in Accra to improve access to quality care for pregnant women.

The campaign, launched by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Tuesday, would seek the public’s support to remove barriers and unfair treatments that push women and girls with unintended pregnancies to dangerous paths that lead to their untimely deaths.

Continued: https://newsghana.com.gh/zero-tolerance-for-maternal-deaths-campaign-launched-in-accra/