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This week, MHC takes a critical look at the consumption of baked clay, popularly known as "ayilo" by thousands of pregnant women in Ghana. Some women say it helps them cope with diarrhoea, stomach discomfort, nausea and other pregnancy related conditions. Many health practitioners however insist that the baked clay is one reason why so many women in Ghana are anaemic. "Ayilo" has also been associated with lead poisoning, dental injury and other undesirable effects among pregnant women and some post natal complications. MHC speaks to women who say they are addicted to "ayilo" and need help and visit Anfoaga in the Volta Region, where the freshly mined clay soil is moulded into lumps, oven baked and distributed to markets across Ghana.

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"The Lights Have Gone Out Again" is a moving investigation into the high incidence of maternal deaths in Ghana. Filmed in diverse locations across Ghana, it tells powerful stories about the challenges that women confront as they seek care from the health services. It features key advocates, policy makers and leading health practitioners and highlights issues that hitherto had not featured highly in the national health debate.