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59 Safe Abortion Advocates Trained In Ghana


In order to promote access to safe and legal abortion and contraceptive services for all women, to the full extent of the law in Ghana, 59 Journalists including Media Owners in the Brong-Ahafo region have been trained as Safe Abortion Advocates.


Their role is to publicize the availability of these services in public-sector facilities and ensure that services are affordable for the poor and rural women.

They are also expected to increase gender equality among Ghanaians couples, and promote joint reproductive decision-making, including on timing pregnancies and choosing the number of children to have.

At day’s training workshop on access to safe abortion and contraceptive services for Journalists in Sunyani, men should also be made aware of how their support can help their partners avoid unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortion and Contraceptive Services in the Brong-Ahafo” being funded by SAAF.

In her presentation on the Topic: Reducing Maternal Mortality, the Sunyani Municipal Director of Health, Dr. Paulina Appiah, 45% of abortions in Ghana remains unsafe.

Dr. Appiah, said government shall ensure the availability and accessibility of family planning services to all who seek such services at affordable prices and on a voluntary basis in order to reduce unsafe abortion.

The Municipal Health Director noted that many of faith-based organizations refuse to provide safe abortion service, refuse to refer patients who need the service to the appropriate places where their needs could be met.

According to her, some clients either refuse family planning methods or do not remain on method and stressed the need to improve public understanding of Family Planning, strengthen advocacy on religious and cultural factors affecting family planning.

Dr Appiah noted that mortality was high among young women between 25 to 35 years, indicating that many of them applied herbs and concoctions to get rid of their pregnancies.

They however, end up with various health complications and sometimes died on arrival at either the Sunyani Municipal or the Regional Hospital, she said.

Dr Appiah advised young women and teenage girls to opt for family planning services to guard against unwanted pregnancies.

She said it was not true that family planning could make women barren and condemned stigmatization attached to family planning.

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