The Preventing Maternal Deaths due to Unwanted Pregnancy (PMDUP) project is an information sharing and awareness generating based project focused on preventing maternal deaths as a result of unsafe abortions in Ghana’s Northern Region.
Unsafe abortion is a major cause of injury and death among women worldwide. Although data is imprecise, it is estimated that approximately 20 million unsafe abortions are performed annually, with 97% taking place in developing countries. Unsafe abortions are believed to result in approximately 69,000 deaths, and millions of injuries annually. Northern Ghana is no exception to this.
Due to these alarming statistics, NORSAAC has partnered with IPAS on the PMDUP project and is staging community sensitizations to create awareness on abortion laws in Ghana, dangers of unsafe abortion, family planning and comprehensive abortion care (CAC) to prevent unwanted pregnancies and reduce maternal deaths resulting from unsafe abortions. These sensitizations are currently taking place in 8 districts of the Northern and Upper East Regions of Ghana.