Table 4

Weighted distribution of induced abortions by legal status, and abortion rate and ratio, Ghana 2017

NationalNorthernMiddleCoastal
Estimate95% CIEstimate95% CIEstimate95% CIEstimate95% CI
Estimated # of unique PAC cases stemming from illegal induced abortions, 95% CI38 37428 581 to 48 16824501844 to 305624 67015 344 to 33 99611 2548329 to 14 180
Multiplier*3.95.33.44.0
(A) Estimated no of induced illegal abortions, 95% CI141 316107 719 to 174 91313 0349810 to 16 25882 73151 455 to 114 00745 55133 710 to 57 392
(B) Estimated no of induced legal abortions, 95% CI58 24347 502 to 68 9845 0103750 to 627122 96618 382 to 27 55030 26720 634 to 39 899
(A+B) Total estimated no of abortions (legal and illegal), 95% CI199 559161 495 to 237 62218 04514 260 to 21 830105 69772 934 to 138 46075 81756 787 to 94 848
Estimated % of all abortions that are illegal (A/(A+B))70.872.278.360.1
Abortion rate, 95% CI, by zone26.821.7 to 31.918.614.7 to 22.530.421.0 to 39.925.218.9 to 31.6
Abortion ratio, 95% CI, by zone22.117.9 to 26.311.89.3 to 14.325.517.6 to 33.422.717.0 to 28.4
Rates of treatment in facilities for complications, all abortions†5.72.97.74.2
Rates of treatment in facilities for complications, illegal abortions‡5.22.57.13.7
Rates of treatment in facilities for complications, legal abortions§0.50.40.60.4
  • Northern Zone includes Upper West, Upper East and Northern regions; Middle Zone includes Brong-Ahafo, Ashanti, Eastern, and Volta regions; Coastal Zone includes Western, Central and Greater Accra regions.

  • *The national estimated number of induced illegal abortions is the sum of the zonal estimates. The national multiplier is not used in this calculation and is presented for informational purposes only.

  • †Number of unique PAC cases stemming from all induced abortions per 1000 women aged 15–49.

  • ‡Number of unique PAC cases stemming from illegal induced abortions per 1000 women aged 15–49.

  • §Number of PAC cases stemming from legal induced abortions per 1000 women aged 15–49.

  • PAC, postabortion care.