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Greater Accra Tops in Maternal Deaths

Date Posted: 19/07/2017

In 2016 the Greater Accra region – the region in which Partner West Africa (PWA) is based –  had the highest rates of maternal mortality in Ghana. Read on to see how you can use your knowledge and skills through volunteering to help change this statistic.

Take a read of this news article…in 2016 the Greater Accra region – the region in which Partner West Africa (PWA) is based –  had the highest rates of maternal mortality in Ghana, 197 in total, equivalent to 180 per 100,000 live births. In 2015, the most recent year with comparable data, there were 208 deaths, representing 117 per 100,000 live births, whereas the same year in the UK recorded only 9 per 100,000 (see data from the World Bank here).

According to the World Health Organisation 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries (with half of these in sub-Saharan Africa) reflecting inequities in access to health services, and highlighting the gap between developed and developing nations.

While this revelation in Greater Accra prompted a drive for blood donations – around half of the recorded maternal deaths were due to blood loss – there are wider reasons that contribute to this unacceptably high mortality rate

Partner West Africa’s ‘Female Health and Gender Equality’ programme is aiming to help reduce the risk of maternal death through knowledge sharing and education. We are currently seeking volunteers with experience in the area of women’s health who are able to share their knowledge and expertise with the families and communities we serve to give them the information needed to make informed decisions and to understand the options available to them in relation to maternal health. Activities you could be involved in include community activities and workshops to discuss women’s health issues and the barriers women face in the area of maternal health and identify opportunities for PWA to offer appropriate interventions; one-to-one work with women and girls to offer support, advice and guidance on family planning, reproductive health, home birthing and contraception; and helping to identify existing support which local women can access.

Find out more about volunteering here.

Author: My Joy Online

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