The Sexual-Health Supply Chain Is Broken
Condoms, birth control, and other items are harder to get in the developing world because of the pandemic. That is putting lives at risk.
Anna Louie Sussman
June 8, 2020
It took Dimos Sakellaridis about six years to build Kiss condoms into one of Nigeria’s top brands, with approximately 91 million sold in 2019. The prophylactics are available in shops, markets, and kiosks across the country, and a combination of irreverent advertising, a growing population of young people, and a greater understanding of reproductive health within Nigeria has meant his sales have steadily risen.
But if he can’t get a shipment of 12 million condoms (and 4 million packs of birth-control pills) out of the Lagos port soon, those stocks will run out. And unfortunately for Sakellaridis, it makes no difference to the customs authorities, who are working their way through a backlog of containers, that ordinary Nigerians depend on Sakellaridis’s stranded cargo to prevent unwanted pregnancies and stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections. All he can do is wait—and he is not alone.
‘200 women died of illegal abortion in Bauchi’
By Rauf Oyewole, Bauchi
30 May 2020
Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Rilwanu Mohammad has said that over 200 women of the state have lost their lives to abortion handled by quack medical practitioners.
Mohammed while briefing members of Bauchi State Public Health Media Network yesterday disclosed this, saying the deaths are caused by unplanned and unwanted pregnancies among women who consult quack medical workers. He said the investigation has not been concluded on the development but preliminary findings have shown that the number of deaths could go up by the end of the investigation.
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.
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.
Knowledge of safe contraception is patchy among young Nigerian students
January 27, 2020
Anthony Idowu Ajayi, Meggie Mwoka
African Population and Health Research Center
Nearly half of pregnancies among adolescent girls in developing countries are unplanned. In Africa, about 46% of these pregnancies end in unsafe abortion. Deaths from abortion account for 10% of maternal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.
In Nigeria, nearly 28% of women were found to have had an unwanted pregnancy. The rate of unplanned pregnancy is especially high among young people. But women can only get a legal abortion if the pregnancy poses a threat to the life of a woman or in cases of rape or incest.
Nigeria has 2.8m abortions annually
NGO calls for the review of existing laws on Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health
January 25, 2020
By Emma ELEKWA, Onitsha
Nigeria has a reported case of 2.8 million abortions and 760,000 self-induced abortions annually. This was disclosed by a reproductive health expert, who is also the Executive Director Women, Law and Development Initiative, Mrs. Hauwa Shekarau.
Shekarau was delivering a lecture in Owerri at a media capacity building workshop on Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (WSRHR) for journalists drawn from Abia, Imo and Anambra states.
Group calls for review of abortion law to save women
January 24, 2020
By Joe Chukindi
Ipas, an international organisation that champions the reproductive health and rights of women has called on the federal government to consider a review of the restrictive laws on Abortion, saying that the law is costing women their lives in large number in the country.
The interim country’s Director of Ipas, Mr Lucky Palmer stated this on Thursday in Owerri, Imo State, during a training workshop organised by the organisation for journalists in Anambra and Abia States.
Doctor, guardian remanded over abortion for 14-yr-old girl
By Ahmed Ali, Kafanchan
Published Date Jan 14, 2020
A chief magistrate court in Kafanchan has remanded a community doctor, Joe Orukwe and one Godwin Ikechukwu in Kafanchan Custodial Centre for alleged criminal conspiracy and causing the death of an unborn child.
Orukwe, who is the owner of a private hospital, Bethel Clinic in Kafanchan was charged for allegedly aborting a pregnancy for a 14-year-old girl. The girl was said to have been defiled and impregnated by her foster father, Ikechukwu, who later took her to Orukwe to procure abortion for her.
Family planning, viable approach toward checking maternal mortality
On January 5, 2020
Amid increased advocacy for the adoption of birth control methods, many women, particularly in rural communities, still resist prescribed modern methods, thereby becoming pregnant so often and not having enough rest and intervals between their children.
The lack of rest also affects womens’ health, as their body may not get enough time and nutrients to recuperate before undergoing another cycle of pregnancy.
How preference for male child fuels maternal morbidity, mortality
By Franka Osakwe
29 December 2019
After five un-spaced pregnancies and childbirths, all through Caesarian Section (CS), 35-year-old Ngozi Egbu, a resident of Anambra State still got pregnant again because she was looking for a male child.
During her sixth pregnancy, Egbu developed complications in the seventh month and now fighting for her life at the General Hospital Awka, Anambra State.