98% of women between 15-49 years get pregnant by accident

98% of women between 15-49 years get pregnant by accident

- Experts say both virginal child birth and caesarean section have varying physical and psychological effects on women’s health medically

- Men have been advised to get involved when their partners get pregnant

98 percent of women between the ages of 15 to 49 get pregnant by accident, according to the Country Representative of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

According to Kris Ozar, the unplanned pregnancies are as a result of the perceived fear of the side effects of modern contraceptives and also the lack of inadequate support from husbands/boyfriends.

98% of women between 15-49 years get pregnant by accident

About 50% of girls from Sub-Saharan Africa marry at adolescent

The issue of pregnancy by accident came to the fore at a dissemination workshop on Strengthening Marriages and Relationships through Planning and Communications (SMART) couple and Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) project in Tamale.

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Mr Ozar also noted that about 50% of girls from Sub-Saharan Africa marry at adolescent and thus start childbearing at a young age with least resources and no decision-making power in the household, which affect the family well-being.

The event, which was organised by CRS and the Ghana Health Service, was to share the results of the pilot phase of the SMART project with key stakeholders.

The SMART project implemented in West Mamprusi in the Northern Region and the Nabdam District in the Upper East Region was to train couples on better ways to communicate and to adopt joint decision making on family planning.

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 Mr Andrews Asamoah, the Project Manager for SMART Couples, said couples who adopted the new behaviours and communication techniques were better and able to plan to improve their health and well-being of their entire family.

He said the SMART Couples project had helped the young couples and demonstrated the highest improvements in gender relations and dynamics, male involvement in child health, birth-spacing and joined in health decision-making.

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Catholic Relief Services is a humanitarian aid organisation, which helps the poor and vulnerable by responding to major emergencies and also helps to fight hunger and disease.

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