Reproductive health implications of street hawking in Accra

Stephen O. Kwankye, University of Ghana
Philomena E. Nyarko, University of Ghana
Cynthia A. Tagoe, University of Ghana

In the light of street hawking increasingly becoming a big economic business in Ghana, the paper examines a small purposive sample of 80 hawkers along two of the arteries in Accra from a survey conducted in September 2006 in respect of the reproductive health implications of street hawking in the city. The paper attempts to answer questions on the demographic, social and economic characteristics of street hawkers pertaining to their age, sex, parity, education, marital status and income, the factors predisposing them to hawking, the reproductive health risks they face and how they cope with them. It also focuses on how they cope with pregnancies on the street, etc? Currently, it appears that the concern of the city authorities is the nuisance the hawkers pose to both vehicular and pedestrian movements with little or no regard to their reproductive health, an aspect which is the focus of this paper.

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Presented in Poster Session 2