What Mason found most remarkable about this year's winners is how well they all understand YouTube as a social platform.
"The videos are social, shareable, informative, entertaining and surprising. Multiple finalists collaborated with YouTube channels and creators to reach an even wider audience. Finally, the winners had a clear call to action outlining how to make a difference," she said.
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Pathfinder Celebrates 40 Years of Roe v. Wade; Challenges for Access to Safe, Legal Abortion Worldwide Remain
Sarah O., a young mother in Ghana, is one woman who faced an impossible decision about her body and health. Already struggling to support six children, Sarah learned she was pregnant with a seventh. She traveled to a local clinic where she sought the advice and counsel of one of the nurses on staff, in confidence. The nurse did not think Sarah should end the pregnancy. When she was unable to convince Sarah to raise another child, the nurse told Sarah to carry the pregnancy to term and then she or one of the other nurses would adopt the child. Sarah left the clinic and returned home. A few days later, the staff at the clinic learned that Sarah had died from sepsis after attempting to terminate the pregnancy herself. This sad loss might have been avoided if Sarah had received appropriate counseling, nonjudgmental care, and had genuine access to her full range of options.
Various social trends can have an effect on abortion rates, the Lancet report states, though they are difficult to gather local data on, including more women entering the labor force, a rise in the age when women marry, or more sexual activity outside of marriage. The halt in the decline in the rate of global abortions could also be a result of stagnating levels of funding for international family planning, says Cathy Solter, Senior Fellow at Pathfinder International, a nonprofit focused on maternal health and education in developing countries.
Pathfinder International Celebrates 39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Calls Attention to Need for Increased Family Planning and Safe Abortions Worldwide
The workshop, which attracted participants from the Upper West and Upper East Regions, treated topics such as, comprehensive abortion care, adult learning skills and youth-friendly abortion services, management of complications as well as overview and guiding principles including legal perspectives.
Dr. Akpablie explained that the NGO had increased its Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) services to those who really needed it, reaching out to young women, counseling and guiding them to make their own choices regarding their Reproductive Health.