Early marriage, early pregnancies and unsafe abortions reported in a rural area of Ghana

Unsafe abortion among teenagers has reached an alarming state at Brohani, a farming community in the Banda District of the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana, according to Madam Mamunatu Ibrahim, the midwife in-charge of the Brohani Rural Clinic. She said in … Continued

Study reveals clinicians refusing to provide legal abortions in Ghana

  A study has revealed that access to safe abortion care in three regions of Northern Ghana – Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions – is impeded by clinicians refusing to provide legally permitted abortion services. It was undertaken … Continued

“My friend who bought it for me, she has had an abortion before.” The influence of Ghanaian women’s social networks in determining the pathway to induced abortion

Even given the liberal abortion law in Ghana, abortion complications are a large contributor to maternal morbidity and mortality. This study sought to understand why young women seeking an abortion in a legally enabling environment chose to do this outside the formal healthcare system.

A “deaf village” in Ghana and its marriage prohibition for deaf partners

Adamorobe is a village in Ghana where the historical presence of a hereditary form of deafness resulted in a high number of deaf inhabitants. In 1975, a law was introduced to reduce the number of deaf people in Adamorobe: deaf people cannot marry each other in order to avoid deaf offspring.

What makes a likely abortion provider? Evidence from a nationwide survey of final-year students at Ghana’s public midwifery training colleges

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Midwifery students at Ghana’s public midwifery training colleges report that they are likely to provide CAC. Ensuring that midwives-in-training are well trained in abortion services, as well as encouraging empathy in these students, may increase the number of providers of safe abortion care in Ghana.

Unpacking the barriers to reproductive health services in Ghana: HIV/STI testing, abortion and contraception

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Overall being embarrassed or shy, fear of safety, fear of family finding out and cost were the most reported barriers across all services. Further analysis by service indicated that being embarrassed was a significantly greater barrier for HIV/STI testing and contraception when compared with abortion and safety concerns and cost were significantly greater barriers for abortion and contraception compared with HIV/STI testing.

Disparities in abortion experience and access to safe abortion services in Ghana: evidence from a retrospective survey

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Results suggest that 24% of women had at least one abortion in the five years preceding the survey. However, large gradients of socio-spatial disparities in abortion experience exist. The majority of abortions were also potentially unsafe: 53% of abortions occurred outside of any health care facility. Women themselves and medical doctors, respectively, performed 57% and 4% of all abortions.

Report: Despite some legal grounds, safe abortion remains largely inaccessible in Ghana

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The Committee is concerned that, despite the legally available exceptions to the prohibition of abortion, safe abortion remains largely inaccessible due to the stigma associated to voluntary termination of pregnancy in the society and to its relatively high cost and the fact that it is not covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme.

Ghanian study on midwifery students’ likelihood to provide abortion services

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Sarah D Rominski, Jody Lori, Emmanuel Nakua, Veronica Dzomeku, Cheryl A Moyer Contraception 2016;93(3):226–232 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0010782415006459 Nursing and Midwifery Training College, Kumasi, Ghana http://www.nmtcksi.edu.gh/ Even in countries where the abortion law is technically liberal, the full application of the law has … Continued

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