Exploring Peer Provision

How might peer provision reduce unsafe abortion among adolescent girls in Ghana?

Partners: Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), International Planned Parenthood Association (IPPF) | Location: Ghana

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Challenge

Unsafe abortion is the second leading cause of maternal mortality in Ghana. While abortion is legal in the country, perceived restrictions and stigma lead lead women to seek unsafe abortions. 45% of abortions in Ghana are unsafe, and women under 30 are the most likely to have an unsafe abortion.

Barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health services disproportionately affect young people through systemic and structural barriers, social and legal restrictions, and provider bias. In order to directly address these inequities, we are exploring peer provision models in which young people perform functions related to health care to address the sexual and reproductive health needs and rights of their peers.

Next Steps

YLabs is working with the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), a member of the International Planned Parenthood Association (IPPF), as well as young people, providers, and key stakeholders, to co-design and prototype youth-centered solutions to reduce unsafe abortion among adolescent girls through peer provision. This project, called StigFAS, or Stigma-Free Abortion Services, is using an HCD methodology supported by YLabs’ technical expertise on adolescent health and design, the final interventions will be informed by and refined according to young women’s needs, perspectives and preferences. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about this innovative project.

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