The campaign to substantially reduce unsafe abortion, particularly among young women in the Brong-Ahafo Region, has intensified.
This is being spearheaded by Global Hands on Natural Environmental Care (GHANECare), a non-profit organization – working to promote women, children and youth rights to basic social services, with support from Mennion Daniel’s Limited – a multilateral funding agency.
As part of the campaign, a day’s training workshop to deepen the understanding of the youth of reproductive health and comprehensive safe abortion care has been held in Atebubu.
It brought together 40 young women and men drawn from across the Atebubu-Amantin District.
The goal was to empower them to engage in advocacy on safe abortion and encourage the use of contraceptives in their communities.
Mr. Richard Kuunaah, Executive Director of the NGO, expressed concern about the unacceptably high percentage of illegal abortions that continued to be seen in the country.
It is estimated that 45 percent of all abortion cases reported annually in Ghana, is unsafe.
He attributed the situation to the fact that many people were unaware that abortion was legally permissible in cases of rape, incest and defilement.
That is why it is important to scale-up public education to prevent people from resorting to unsafe methods to terminate any such pregnancy resulting from sexual abuse.
Unsafe abortion accounts for about 13 per cent of maternal deaths.
Mr. Kuunaah spoke of the need to scale up the effort to increase family planning acceptance to check unwanted pregnancies