Effective Contraception Panacea For Abortion-related Deaths
March 28, 2020
By Tunde Oguntola
The high rates of abortion, clearly underscore the need to improve and expand access to effective contraceptive services. Ensuring that women and couples have access to a wide range of effective contraceptive methods to choose from and that they receive comprehensive information about how to use their chosen method consistently and correctly is sound public health policy.
Investing in modern contraceptive methods would be far less costly to women and society than the costs of managing the outcomes of unintended pregnancies.
Abortion in marriages is rising up
DAVID MAFABI | PML Daily Senior Staff Writer
March 26, 2020
MBALE – When Ms Sarah Nambozo got married, she had her family life planned out well. This is because she did not want to produce too early, too soon, too often and too late.
Her plan and target was to have three children and remain at her workplace stable by the age of 35. And everything had gone according to the plan by the time she gave birth to her third born in February 2017.
Woman Battling For Life After Terminating Pregnancy Arrested At Hospital
On Mar 23, 2020
A 23-year-old Hwange woman who suffered massive complications after terminating a pregnancy was arrested on her hospital bed after the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers pounced on her following a police report. The woman, Shyleen Ncube, 23, of Shangano village in Dete was arrested on Saturday at St Patrick’s Hospital in Hwange where she is currently admitted. She was charged with unlawful termination of pregnancy but is yet to appear in court.
According to reports from NewZimbabwe, Ncube unlawfully terminated her pregnancy and then buried the fetus in a shallow grave near her house. She later fell ill after the unsafe abortion procedure. She was then rushed to the hospital for immediate medical attention.
Survey on Safe Abortion in Sierra Leone starts May
By Mabinty M. Kamara
21 March 2020
The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), an Independent Research Institution based in Kenya, in partnership with Statistics Sierra Leone, have announced that a proposed survey on safe abortion in Sierra Leone will start in May this year.
The revelation was made on Wednesday at a stakeholders’ conference held to discuss and understand common problems associated with abortion in the country.
Kenya split over campaign to give women the right to safe abortions
MP Esther Passaris says lives are being put at risk in a country where 40% of pregnancies are unplanned
Ginger Hervey in Nairobi
Tue 17 Mar 2020
The pills arrived with no instructions. Delivered on a Sunday to Joy’s home in Kayole, an informal settlement in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, by someone she didn’t know.
She had ordered them because she was pregnant, and didn’t want to be. At 19, she said, she couldn’t support a baby, and the father had stopped answering his phone after she told him. Desperate, she had asked an older friend, who said she knew someone who could help.
Statistics Sierra Leone to start survey on safe abortion
By Mabinty M. Kamara
16 March 2020
Statistics Sierra Leone, in Partnership with the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), an independent research institution based in Kenya, is set to conduct a research on resources available to access safe abortion in Sierra Leone.
The research, according to Samuel Ansumana, Director of Communication and Information at Statistic Sierra Leone, falls under a four-year project “Challenging the Politics of Social Exclusion” (CPSE) project to be implemented in Sierra Leone.
Reversing Nigeria’s Rate Of Unintended Pregnancies
on March 14, 2020
By Society for Media Advocacy On Health, NIGERIA
Unintended pregnancies, which refer to the number of pregnancies that occurred at a time when women (and their partners) either did not want additional children or wanted to delay the next birth, have been on the surge in Nigeria in recent time.
The 2018 global family planning report revealed that Nigeria recorded over 1.3 million unplanned pregnancies in 2018 and only 13.8 percent of Nigerian women use contraceptives in the year under review.
Let’s stop restrictions on contraceptives for teenagers
By Andre Ndayambaje
Published : March 12, 2020
Mercy Mbabazi died at the age of 14 from severe infection due to unsafe abortion. Although she attempted to use emergency contraceptives to avoid that pregnancy, Mercy was not given the morning after pills because Rwandan laws say that teenagers need permission from their parents or must be accompanied by their guardians to access reproductive health services.
Mercy is just one case in an epidemic of teenage pregnancies sweeping Rwanda. Recent data shows that teenage pregnancies in the country have increased by 200 per cent in the last ten years. In the last four years, 78,000 teenage births were reported in Rwanda.
In climate change-affected Lesotho, self-injected contraceptives empower women to choose their own future
12 March 2020
HA MOEKETSANE, Lesotho – Regina Mokoena has seen first-hand how drought and climate change are increasing the demand for family planning in her village.
Ms. Mokoena is a local health worker in Ha Moeketsane, in Lesotho’s mountainous rural Mokhotlong District. She says drought is disrupting livelihoods in this farming community, making it harder for parents to support large families.
“In these difficult times, it is not easy to look for a job or to get employed when you have many children, especially here in the village,” she said. “Besides, educating children is also very demanding.”
To Achieve Gender Equality, There is Need to Advance the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights of Women
The Tower Post,
March 8, 2020
By Charles Owekmeno
This Sunday 8th March 2020 marks 45 years since the United Nations adopted the celebration of International Women’s day. Over these years a lot of progress and gains have been made towards achieving gender equality but for a majority of women especially in developing countries, equality still remains a far-fetched dream due to dominant-negative masculinities and patriarchal set up in most communities.
As we commemorate this years’ International Women’s day “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” it is important to reflect on how sexual and reproductive health challenges have continued to stand in the women’s and girls’ aspirations towards realizing gender equality.