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.


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.


Asutifi South records 1,077 teenage pregnancies, 88 abortions in 3 years

Precious Semevoh 
14 December 2021

Girls Empowerment and Advocacy Platform (GEAP) has identified teenage pregnancy as a major problem facing the education of the girl child in the Asutifi South District of the Ahafo Region.

Other factors that lead to the occurrence of pregnancy in girls aged 10-19 years in the district include child labor, poverty, and peer influence.


Abortion complications killed 311 Ghanaian women in 2019 – Ghana Health Service

Source: Nestor Kafui Adjomah 
 16 November 2021

311 women have died in 2019 from complications of abortion, accounting for 9.2% direct maternal deaths in Ghana.

Ghana Health Service (GHS) has therefore put in place pragmatic approach to strengthening the integration of Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) services into the routine reproductive health services in Ghana.


Ghana – Unwanted pregnancies increase unsafe abortions

Oct - 07 – 2021

It is estimated that abortion rate in the country is 44 per 1,000 women, the Director of Medical Affairs at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Ali Samba, has said.

Quoting data from the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organisation committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights, Dr Samba said the rate varied in different parts of the country.


Ghana recorded 200k abortions in 2017 – Study

Source: GNA 
30 September 2021

Ghana in 2017 recorded about 200,000 abortions, an equivalent to a national abortion rate of 26.8 per 1000 women between 15 and 49 years, a study by the Guttmacher Institute has revealed.

Guttmacher Institute is a leading research and policy organisation committed to advancing sexual reproductive health and rights in the United States of America.     


Unsafe abortions contribute to Ghana’s high maternal mortality – Dr. Ali Samba


Unsafe abortions contribute to Ghana’s high maternal mortality - Dr. Ali Samba Listen to article

Complications from unsafe abortions contribute substantially to high
maternal mortality in Ghana, which was estimated at 310 maternal deaths per
100,000 live births in 2017.

This is according to the Director of Medical Affairs of the Korle Bu Teaching
Hospital, Dr. Ali Samba.


Ghana – Indigenous Women Empowerment Network advocates improved contraceptive services to prevent unsafe abortion

Nestor Kafui Adjomah 
29 September 2021

The Indigenous Women Empowerment Network (IWEN), a health-centered organisation has been advocating a wider range of improved contraceptives and high-quality counseling services to prevent unintended pregnancies that could result in unsafe abortions.

According to the Executive Secretary of IWEN, Celestina Andoh, most young women in Ghana face difficulties in accessing sexual and reproductive health services whilst many others are not using contraceptive despite wanting to avoid pregnancy.


What You Didn’t Know About Abortion In Ghana

By Alpha Osei Amoako

Unsafe abortion is the second most common cause of maternal mortality in Ghana. It accounts for about 15% of maternal deaths in the country. Unsafe abortion is very common amongst teenagers, women in their 20s and poor women probably because—they either do not know where to get safe abortions or they do not have access to financial resources.

Also, the stigma associated with abortion is one major reason why most teenagers and women in their early 20s resort to orthodox methods or practice unsafe abortion.


Ghana – Abortion claims 66 lives in 2020 — GHS

APR 15, 2021

Sixty-six women died in 2020 due to abortion related complications, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has revealed.

More than 54,000 cases of abortion, out of which 25,866 cases were classified as spontaneous abortions, were recorded in the country's heath facilities in 2020.