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Title: Abortions in Ghana
Alternative title / Subtitle: Experiences of university student
Authors: Nana Nimo, Appiah-Agyekum
Item type: Conference publication
Keywords: Abortion--Government policy--Citizen participation;Rural health--Ghana;έκτρωση;ανασφάλεια;εμπειρία;αυτο-προκαλούμενη;φοιτητές;Γκάνα;unsafe;experiences;self-induced;students
Subjects: Ιατρική
Issue Date: 26-Jan-2015
Date of availability: 26-Jan-2015
Publisher: Insight Medical Publishing
Abstract: Background: Students in Ghana and other developing countries remain the major vulnerable group most likely to have abortions and suffer abortion stigma. However there is a dearth of empirical information on the experiences of Higher Education students on abortion needed for evidence based policies and interventions. Aim: The aim of the present study was to explore some of the key experiences of University students on abortion in Ghana so as to provide information for evidence based interventions. Methods: Data was collected from 142 students of the University of Ghana through 18 focus group discussions [FGDs]. Questions asked during the FGDs were based on a modified version of the Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health’s abortion questionnaire and focused primarily on first-hand experiences of students. The results were recorded, transcribed and analysed qualitatively using the thematic analysis approach. Results: 66.9% of students had personally undergone abortion procedures with more than 50% having done so more than once. Further, majority of the abortions were self-induced and done in the first trimester of the pregnancy. Only 9.8% of students used safe abortion services despite being aware and having access to them. Quack abortion services were popular and patronised by a relatively significant number (26.1%) of students. Conclusions: Abortions, mostly unsafe, are common experiences among students. Immediate sensitization and education on the alternatives to abortions; unsafe abortions; contraception; and counselling and family planning services is necessary among students. Male partners play a significant role in the decision to abort, choice of method and also provide support during the abortion procedures; and must be actively involved in all abortion interventions among students. Particular attention and the necessary research by both state and non-state stakeholders on abortion must focus on the activities of quack abortion providers, self-induced abortions among students as well as reasons for the low utilization of safe abortion services among students in spite of their knowledge of and access to these services .
Language: English
Citation: Nana Nimo A.A. (2014). Abortions in Ghana: experiences of university students. “Health Science Journal”. 8(4): 531 - 540. Available at:
Journal: Health Science Journal
Type of Journal: With a review process (peer review)
Access scheme: Publicly accessible
License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες
Appears in Collections:Τόμος 8, τεύχος 4 (Οκτ. - Δεκ. 2014)

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