In Ghana, where maternal and newborn death rates are high, we worked to break down barriers to positive change. We challenged the idea that these deaths were an inevitable part of life, reframing the issue into a problem that could be solved.
The whole activity opened me up […] meeting other midwives, working with them […] making them see the gaps and that some skills are not practised the way they should be […] it is wonderful work to do - I am proud to do it.
Midwife 5

What's happening in Ghana

Between 1990 and 2019, Ghana made great progress under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – reducing its maternal mortality rate by half, from 634 to 308 deaths per 100,000 live births.

Despite these improvements, women here still have a 1 in 82 lifetime risk of dying from maternal causes, while and newborn mortality rates remain high at 23.9 deaths per 1000 live births.

However, Ghana is embracing the data revolution. The country is building the foundations for a culture that uses evidence to support planning and tracking performance – at regional and national levels. Civil society is actively demanding that data is publicly available to strengthen accountability and transparency, particularly for budget decisions.

What Mamaye is doing

From 2012 to 2016, E4A worked in Ghana to empowering civil society to break down the barriers to change by providing the right evidence and advocacy. So people can challenge the idea that maternal and newborn deaths are an inevitable part of life.

Our activists have been visiting hospitals to understand why these deaths are happening, and are questioning health partners about their spending decisions. 

Find out more in our blog.

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of women have an unmet need for modern contraceptives

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Government spending on health as a % of total health expenditure