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NII Resource type: Departmental Bulletin Paper
Title: Review of Unsafe/Induced Abortions in Ghana
Authors: Rosemary Opare Henaku
森, 明子
堀内, 成子
Keywords: Ghana
Maternal mortality
unsafe abortion
health promotion materials
Shimei: 聖路加看護大学紀要
Issue: 33
Start page: 93
End page: 102
Issue Date: Mar-2007
Publisher: 聖路加看護大学
ISSN: 02892863
Abstract: PURPOSE Review one of the causes of matemal mortality issues in Ghana; unsafe abortion, with the aim of proposing some measures for its prevention. Maternal mortality ratio has not made remarkable improvement due to high rates of unsafe abortion among women in the fertility age group of 15-44, with two-thirds occurring among women ages 15-30. This problem has received little attention from the Health Ministry of Ghana. Studies revealed that Japan, a developed South East Asian country, has extensive experience in implementing a comprehensive abortion policy and therefore deems it possible to share ideas from that perspective. METHOD Compilation of existing abortion statistics, review of Japan's clinical information, review of extant research literature and discussion with health promotional agencies provided data for this study. Some clinical information was based on both experts' opinion in Ghana and my work experience in Ghana. FINDINGS Problems identified were strong social and cultural factors, the resulting legal and health policies and subsequent lack of adequate reproductive health knowledge among women. They were identifled to be the major causes of unplanned pregnancies leading to unsafe/induced abortions.These factors require intervention from health proffessionals, social groups and govemment policy makers. CONCLUSl0N The evidence suggested that health service providers should intensify awareness about the use of contraception, highlight the dangers of induced/unsafe and repetitive abortions, through health education. The findings clearly show that high rates of unprotected sex would be a threat to achieving the proposed Millennium development goals.
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