While official numbers of Covid-19 cases in Ghana have been relatively low, the disruption caused by the pandemic has been devastating for the majority of families here who already live in poverty.
Restrictions on the movement of goods and people meant fewer opportunities to earn a living, and sharp rises in the cost of food and basic supplies.
With schools closed and facing severe financial hardship, many families have struggled to keep their children healthy and safe, and we have sadly seen a rise in cases of child neglect, abuse and exploitation.
Ghana Health Service has reported more than 110,000 girls have fallen pregnant since the start of the pandemic. That’s 13 girls every hour and more people than Wembley Stadium can hold.
In parts of northern Ghana, pregnancy in 10-14 year old girls has increased by 38%.
Not only do these figures point to an increase in child abuse, but under-age mothers and their children are far more likely to suffer health complications and die young.
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