TV series producers in bid to shake Ghanian apathy

THE reality behind Ghana’s high maternal mortality is explored in an innovative local TV series combining drama, documentary and community engagement.

According to The Guardian newspaper, some 4000 women in the west African nation die in childbirth or from pregnancy complications annually.

The program, Maternal Health Channel, exposes disparities in healthcare access between rural and urban Ghanians and reveals discomforting cultural contributions to the country’s plight, including that local medical students typically aspire to be brain surgeons.

“We asked them why not specialise in public health, and they said, ‘Oh no, that’s for NGOs’,” the series creator told the newspaper.