In northern Ghana, there was only one facility in Tamale providing screening and Cryotherapy services and none existed in the Upper East region. In line with its vision, MABIA-Ghana began the CSC project to provide mass screening and Cryotherapy services for women in the Upper East Region. The Netherlands Senior Experts (PUM) provided technical support while the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) provided funding for the project.
Women waiting patiently to undergo cervical screening in Navrongo
Unsafe abortion contributes significantly to a high maternal mortality in
Ghana, particularly in the three northern regions. Although the abortion law of
Ghana is relatively liberal, safe abortion services are non-existent in some
districts, knowledge of the abortion law is low and stigma is high.
Through this project, MABIA-Ghana is working in four under-served districts of Northern Ghana in the Upper East, Upper West, and Northern regions. The project is aimed at increasing knowledge of legal rights to abortion among school students and introduces quality, non-judgemental, comprehensive abortion care (CAC) to women and young girls in public health facilities, at the same time ensuring that two midwifery training colleges are able to provide quality pre-service training on safe abortion to trainee midwives.
The Millennium Villages Project addresses the root causes of extreme poverty, taking a holistic, community-led approach to sustainable development. The MVP provided MABIA-Ghana with funding to establish the Cervical Cancer Prevention Project and collaborated with MABIA-Ghana to provide training on Cervical Screening for its midwives from Builsa South and East Gonja districts.
The Safe Abortion Action Fund (SAAF) supports local and grassroots organisations to increase access to safe abortion among vulnerable populations worldwide.The Safe Abortion Action Fund (SAAF) is providing funding for the 3-year project on the Comprehensive Abortion Action Care (CAC) Project.
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) is Ghana's Public Service organization responsible for implementing national health policies. The GHS is MANIA-Ghana's main partner in the country through which the Cervical Cancer Prevention and the Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) Projects are implemented.