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Maternal Health: Why do women not get the care they need?

Poor women in remote areas are the least likely to receive adequate health care. This is especially true for regions with low numbers of skilled health workers, such as sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The main factors that prevent women from receiving or seeking care during pregnancy and childbirth are: poverty distance to facilities lack...
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Bono Regional Director of Gender advocates for women empowerment and gender equality

A dialogue has been held in the Bono Regional capital, Sunyani, to increase advocacy against unpaid domestic and care work by women. Over the years, women have been performing unpaid jobs at home for much longer hours than men, for the betterment of society. These jobs, which prevent women from working to earn more money,...
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Empowering the Ghanaian women – Time is nigh!

From the beginning of time, women have been child bearers. Their role is central in society. They are caretakers, conscience, farmers, educators, and entrepreneurs. As I sat to write this piece, a colleague naively suggested, “this article will only make an impact if it is published on International Women’s Day and in an election year”....
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Adolescent pregnancy: Health consequences

Early pregnancies among adolescents have major health consequences for adolescent mothers and their babies Pregnancy and childbirth complications are the leading cause of death among girls aged 15–19 years globally Low- and middle-income countries account for 99% of global maternal deaths of women aged 15–49 years Adolescent mothers aged 10–19 years face higher risks of...
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COVID-19 caused a global setback in reproductive and sexual health rights, especially for women

The exceptional measures governments and health authorities used during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as lockdowns, quarantine or reorganizing health services, directly affected the full realization of sexual and reproductive health and rights. This was particularly the case for women and girls. These impacts are felt at many levels and require a major rethinking of international health...
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Strengthening women’s meaningful participation in peace processes

Worldwide, complex conflicts and humanitarian crises continue to ravage communities and hinder the overall well-being and prosperity of societies. Women are often the most impacted by these crises, bearing the brunt of conflict and paying a higher price of the devastation – from increased gender discrimination and violence, to the waning of gender-sensitive structures and...
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Adolescent pregnancy: Key facts

At least 10 million unintended pregnancies occur each year among adolescent girls aged 15–19 years in the developing world. Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for 15–19-year-old girls globally. Of the estimated 5.6 million abortions that occur each year among adolescent girls aged 15–19 years 9 million are unsafe, contributing...
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TMA recommends intensification of adolescent health education

The Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) has recommended in its Metropolitan Authority Report that adolescent health education should be intensified to help promote, encourage and educate the youth on Reproductive Health Services. The report said the youth should be sensitized on the importance of patronizing reproductive health centres available in the communities, secondary schools and public...
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Girls appeal to government to address adolescent challenges

Adolescent girls in the Upper East Region have appealed to government to take pragmatic measures to address sexual and reproductive health rights challenges facing them, to realize their full potentials. This they said would empower adolescents to make informed decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health lives and curb the increase in teenage pregnancies and...
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