Publications

Volta Region tops teenage pregnancy list

In order to reduce the high incidence of teenage pregnancies in the Volta Region, the Executive Director of the National Population Council (NPC), Dr Leticia Adelaide Appiah, has recommended intensive family planning in the region with special attention on the reproductive health needs of adolescents. She explained that during the time of the Ghana Demographic and […]
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Adolescent and Reproductive Health summit held in Accra

Sexual and Reproductive Health Right (SRHR) advocates and policy makers in the population and health sector, have met at a national Adolescent and Reproductive Health (ARH) summit in Accra, to discuss ways of financing ARH programmes in Ghana. The two-day summit seeks to press home demands for the government to increase funding for adolescent SRHR, […]
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‘Give birth 10 times to win a sheep’

In our series of letters from African journalists, Elizabeth Ohene considers the controversial proposal to limit women to having three babies in Ghana. Among the Ga, the people who are indigenous to Ghana’s capital, Accra, a woman is entitled to a live sheep on the delivery of her 10th child. The word for it is […]
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Ghana marks World Population Day

Ghana marks World Population Day, calls for family planning. The World Population Day (WPD) has been marked in Ghana with a call on the government to make a conscious efforts to make family planning available and accessible to people of reproductive age, particularly women and adolescent girls. This, according to the Executive Director of the […]
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Chief Imam laudes NPC’s efforts to educate Ghanaians on population management

The National Chief Imam, Sheik Usmanu Nuhu Shaributu, has lauded the National Population Council (NPC) for daring into population issues, a move he said is very important if Ghana wants to see measurable growth and sustainable development. He expressed his unflinching support for NPC and mentioned that his office is opened to the secretariat to […]
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Growing population of Ghana, a call for celebration or concern?

“If we do not voluntarily bring population growth under control in the next one or two decades, the nature will do it for us in the most brutal way, whether we like it or not”—Henry W. Kendall. Population is the most valuable resource of any  nation. However, population can either be an asset or a liability depending on the ability […]
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17% of pregnancies in Ghana are unwanted – Population Council

The Executive Director of the National Population Council, Dr Leticia Adelaide Appiah says about 17 per cent of all pregnancies in Ghana are unwanted. According to her, although many families would like to have smaller family sizes, due to lack of family planning methods, such families usually end up having bigger size families. Dr Appiah […]
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‘Children having sex at 16 are law abiding’ – UCC Lecturer

A Senior Lecturer at the Department of Population and Health of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Dr Kobina Esia-Donkor has called for a review of the country’s laws on the age of sexual consent in order to help address the menace of teenage pregnancies and also control the country’s growing population. According to the […]
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