GHANA – Religious leaders in Ghana encouraged to spend time to educate their members on sex and reproductive health-related issues

The Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Foundation, Raphael Godlove Ahenu, who gave the advice, explained that the practice where many churches, mosques and parents shy away from educating their children about sex is a major setback to the campaign against illegal abortions and teenage pregnancies. The lack of sexual and reproductive health education among most young people has led to wanton sexual exploitation, unwanted pregnancies, avoidable deaths, health complications and abuse of emergency contraceptives … Continued

GHANA – Unknown, unsafe concoctions for self-induced abortion

On 15 May 2019, the news site Modern Ghana reported that rates of unsafe abortion and illegal abortion deaths were high among teenagers at Doryumu, a deprived community in the Shai-Osudoku District of the Greater Accra Region. In the absence of access to safe abortion care, teens are thought to be resorting to unorthodox means to terminate unwanted pregnancies. Residents of the area have reportedly expressed worry over the issue, calling for the arrest of … Continued

GHANA – Health ambassadors’ club initiated at the Cape Coast School for the Deaf and Blind

The club aims to equip school children with disabilities with information about their reproductive and sexual health. It was initiated by the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Education Service with funding from UNFPA. Mrs Thywill Kpe, Central Regional Director of the Department of Gender, said more often than not, people with disabilities (PWDs) were not included in programmes aimed at improving adolescent reproductive health. She said PWDs formed 10% of the Ghanaian population, including … Continued

GHANA – An audio with women’s testimonies on their abortion experiences (en français)

In Ghana, as in many other countries around the world, abortion is criminalised. In 2017, the Ghanaian health services registered over 53,000 abortion patients in public hospitals. Of these, 13,000 abortions were unsafe, according to the Ghana Health Service. A retired nurse who runs a pharmacy in Tamale said that up to three-fourths of students from different schools in the area often come to the shop for abortifacients, some of whom she observed were up … Continued

GHANA – A debate on abortion has initiated in the Ghanaian parliament

Two members of the Ghanaian parliament, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye and Ms Zanetor Rawlings, have called for debate on the question of decriminalisation of abortion after data were reported publicly that show a high rate of unsafe abortions and deaths from complications in the country, as well as a growing number of unsafe abortions among teens and young women. Dr Okoe Boye, called for the decriminalisation of abortion in the country – not “an unrestricted, … Continued

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