1. MHC Prog 27 Ensuring That the Woman is Safe

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    We continue our mini series on unsafe abortions with two leading exponents of improved reproductive health services in Ghana today; Ms. Faustina Fynn – Nyame, Country Director, Marie Stopes International and Dr. Jehu Appiah, Country Director, IPAS. They discuss the rising death statistics from unsafe abortions, their social impact and the law on abortion. What is happening in our public health facilities? What is the impact of social stigmatisation on the demand for safe medical services? What do you say to a doctor who refuses to save the life of a woman who has attempted self abortion? The two leading voices help us ask the right questions and suggest positive ways forward.

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    • MHC Prog. 21 I'm Pregnant: Eating Baked Clay Is Good For My Baby

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      MHC takes a critical look at the consumption of baked clay, popularly known as "ayilo" by thousands of pregnant women in Ghana. Many health practitioners however insist that the baked clay is one reason why so many women in Ghana are anaemic. MHC speaks to women who say they are addicted to "ayilo" and need help and visit Anfoaga in the Volta Region, where the freshly mined clay soil is moulded into lumps, oven baked and distributed to markets across Ghana.

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      • MHC Prog 33 Kayayei: What is to be Done?

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        The plight of Kayayei has touched the heart of the nation with vibrant commentaries in public and both the print and electronic media. What was hidden or untold is now uncovered and recurrent in public discourse. Some key agencies and institutions have also responded to the urgent tasks ahead. MHC contributes to the search for practical and sustainable solutions to the problems confronting Kayayei, especially poor maternal and reproductive health care and insecurity on the streets. Dr. Linda Van – Otoo, Regional Director of Greater Accra Region, Ghana Health Service and Mr. Abu Mahamadou of Marie Stopes International join the discussion.

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        • MHC Prog 31 Kayayei: Young Mothers Surviving The Open Skies And Dark Streets

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          Its past midnight and the busy streets of Accra are quiet and deserted. A group of young women and girls are huddled together under the open skies, sleeping. As dawn approaches, the weather turns chilly but all they have are thin sheets of cloth to keep warm. These are Accra’s market porters or Kayayei some as young as eight who have made the streets their home since arriving from Northern Ghana in search of greener pastures. In this three part mini - series, we follow three young women; Lariba, who has two children, the second she says she delivered herself in a street corner, Aisha who is pregnant and still works more than ten hours a day and Abibabu, pregnant with her second child. None of them has ever visited a hospital. Most Kayayei have never seen a doctor. Are Kayayei fulfilling their dreams or trapped in demeaning life styles that must concern all of us. What about their maternal health and their children? MHC goes in search of some answers in Accra’s inner city.

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          • MHC Prog. 24 Open the Gate! My Wife is Dying! Part 2

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            This episode brings you more on our continuing story about the village of Torgome, the tragic death of young Perfect Daba, and the gate owned by VRA that blocked her access to the hospital. Hear the testimonies of the VRA (represented by Communications Officer John Chobbah), Dr. Jacob Amoatwo, the District Director of Health of the North Tongu District (where Torgome is located), and Dr. Ahmed Tijani, the doctor at the Akuse Government Hospital where Perfect passed away.

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            • MHC Prog 23 Open The Gate, My Wife is Dying! Part 1

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              MHC brings to your attention the harrowing death of Perfect Daba, a young and promising 23 year old woman from the village of Torgome in the Volta Region of Ghana. Perfect bled to death in the course of seven extraordinary hours during which she failed to reach the hospital. At the crucial moment, the gate leading out of the village, the only way out was locked. The gate belonged to the Volta River Authority. Sammy, Perfect’s husband recollects the dramatic moments

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              • MHC Prog 25 Perfect’s Death and the VRA Gate: Is a Just Conclusion in Sight?

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                MHC broke the story of Perfect Daba, the young mother from Torgome who gave birth to a baby girl and bled to death after failing to reach the hospital.The story produced shock waves and a huge public outcry with calls to the VRA to open the gate at all times, upgrade the local health clinic and support Sammy, Perfect's widower and his 3 children. Last Sunday, VRA met the elders and people of Torgorme and promised to consider these demands, a significant shift from their initial stance. We talk to Prof. Dzodzi Tsikata, on the Volta River Resettlement Project and human rights lawyer, Frema Coker Appiah.

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                • MHC Prog 10 Profile of Dr Sylvia Deganus

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                  Let's meet Ghana's tireless gynecologist! MHC highlights Dr Deganus' exemplary service as one of only 5 female gynecologists in Ghana's public health system. She speaks candidly about her impressions and the challenges of maternal health in Ghana, and about her service at the Tema General Hospital which delivers over 8000 babies yearly.

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                  • MHC Prog 34 Revisiting the Key Issues Facing Maternal Health in Ghana

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                    MHC TV meets Dr. Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira, Director - General of Ghana Health Service (GHS) to discuss some of the key issues raised in the series. The focus is our hospitals. What is to be done to reduce the high incidence of maternal deaths and to ensure that they provide the best possible health care for women? We revisit Charity’s Story, a report from Keta Hospital to discuss blood shortages, lack of skilled personnel and over concentration of Ghanaian doctors and nurses in urban centres and overseas, especially in the US and Europe. Are we training enough midwives? What about traditional birth attendants? How do we integrate them effectively into the national health system? What is the strategy to meet the health needs of vulnerable groups such as Kayayei? Dr. Appiah-Denkyira engages the challenges diligently and proposes a league table for good practice in the public health service.

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                    • MHC Prog 35 Revisiting the Key Issues Facing Maternal Health in Ghana - Part 2

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                      MHC TV continues the discussion with Dr. Ebenezer Appiah Denkyira, Director - General of Ghana Health Service (GHS) on key issues confronting maternal health care in Ghana. The focus is our rural communities and their access to essential maternal health care. We revisit the issue of traditional birth attendants and how they can be integrated more effectively into the health care system. What is the strategy to meet the health needs of vulnerable groups such as Kayayei? Dr. Appiah Denkyira engages the challenges and proposes a range of creative solutions.

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