Nigeria’s booming abortion black market

Nigeria’s booming abortion black market

By Paul Adepoju
on September 9, 2018

Although they are officially sold in Nigeria for the prevention and treatment of post-delivery bleeding, abortion drugs are increasingly getting popular and their potential implications are far-reaching, pitching the country’s hard stance on abortion against the stark reality doctors and healthcare providers daily contend with at their clinics.

On healthnews.africa, the most popular story was published on February 14, 2018 and it’s on how Nigerians are taking to social media in search of information on abortion. Between then and now, the piece has been read over 8,000 times and it is now being read at least 100 times daily.

Continued: https://www.healthnews.ng/nigerias-booming-abortion-black-market/

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Nigeria – This couple does not want the baby, but the law prohibits abortion

This couple does not want the baby, but the law prohibits abortion
Elective abortion remains illegal in Nigeria. While the law is clear, clinical practice pitches healthcare providers as the enemy. This is one of such cases.

By Dr. Victoria Adepoju
on September 4, 2018

"I’m so scared, how is it going to be. Am I going to bleed? The pharmacist said it will involve bleeding. That’s why he sent me here. I don’t know what to do."

AT is a 19-year old female who is pregnant with a 6-month old baby. She was referred to a private hospital by a pharmacist when she went to ask for abortion pills. That same morning, she bought a pregnancy test strip over the counter with which she confirmed she was pregnant. She became suspicious following a brief illness with symptoms that she assumed mimicked those of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.healthnews.ng/this-couple-does-not-want-the-baby-but-the-law-prohibits-abortion/

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Nigeria – Stakeholders Charge Parents On Adolescents’ Sexuality Education

Stakeholders Charge Parents On Adolescents’ Sexuality Education

By Ijeoma Ukazu
On Aug 28, 2018

Stakeholders working with adolescents in Lagos State has charged parents to initiate early sexuality education for youths as well as adolescents in order to reduce deaths from unplanned pregnancy and unsafe abortions.

Speaking to journalists at an event in Lagos, the Executive Director, Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF), Mr Iwalola Jimoh, stated in his presentation; “Creating Safe Spaces For Adolescents and Youths in Nigeria (Life skills for Adolescents and Youths,” that creating safe spaces for children and adolescents involves taking responsibility for children safety, building a continuous empo

Continued: https://thewhistler.ng/story/stakeholders-charge-parents-on-adolescents-sexuality-education/

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Nigeria – Curbing infant and maternal mortality

Curbing infant and maternal mortality
The level of maternal and infant mortality in Kebbi State is high. In this report, AHMED IDRIS reviews the role of Dr. Zainab Atiku Bagudu, a medical practitioner and wife of the Kebbi State Governor, in the fight to reverse the trend, as well as reform health institutions in the state.

Aug 23, 2018
By Correspondents

In 2000 the maternal mortality ratio in Nigeria was 800 per 100 000 live births. The under five mortality ratio in Nigeria was 201 per 1000 live births meaning that one in five Nigerian children never reached the age of five. Infant deaths, which accounted for half of child mortality have increased from what they were in 1990.

A United Nations (UN) report released on May, 2012 called ‘Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2010,’ showed that 14 per cent of the world’s deaths related to childbearing occurred in Nigeria. Six years after, that situation has not changed.

Continued: https://newtelegraphonline.com/2018/08/curbing-infant-and-maternal-mortality/

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Nigeria: Culture, Religious Misconceptions Hindering Family Planning in Nigeria

Nigeria: Culture, Religious Misconceptions Hindering Family Planning in Nigeria

16 August 2018
By Ayodamola Owoseye

Efforts to slow down population growth and reduce maternal and child mortality rate in Nigeria through family planning are not yielding the desired result, studies have shown.

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh globally. The National Population Commission estimates the country's population at 198 million. The United Nations' publication, World Population Prospects, predicts Nigeria is on course to become the third most populous country in the world by 2050

Continued: https://allafrica.com/stories/201808160703.html

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Nigeria – Preventing maternal mortality is achievable —Expert

Preventing maternal mortality is achievable —Expert

On August 7, 2018
By Gabriel Olawale

Obstetric and Gynecology expert, Dr Olufunke Olamigoke has called for improved access to skilled birth attendance at birth, emergency obstetrics care, effective family planning and reproductive health services as the most cost effective strategy in tackling maternal mortality.

Olufunke who spoke at a media round table organized by Development Communications Network, said the lifetime risk of maternal death indicates that one in 30 women in Nigeria will have a death related to pregnancy or child bearing.

Continued: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/08/preventing-maternal-mortality-is-achievable-expert/

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Uganda to conduct a study on abortion rates

Uganda to conduct a study on abortion rates
Findings will highlight deficiencies in safe abortion and post-abortion care services.

By Carol Natukunda
3rd August 2018

KAMPALA - Uganda is participating in cross-country studies on abortion and post-abortion care in Africa and Asia. Researchers seek to find out women’s knowledge of abortion methods and sources, the incidence of induced abortion, how women terminate pregnancies, and the extent of unsafe abortion.

In addition to direct questions on abortion, the female survey module includes questions about the respondents’ two closest friends and their experiences with abortion.

Continued: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1482722/uganda-conduct-study-abortion-rates

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Nigeria – Doctor, nurse in trouble as patient died after abortion

Doctor, nurse in trouble as patient died after abortion

By Olawale Adewale, The Nigerian Voice, Osogbo
29 July 2018

The Ogun state Police Command has arrested one Doctor Olawale Raji and a nurse Olusegun Funmilayo for carrying out an abortion that led to the death of one Aminat Iyanda.

Their arrest followed a complaint from the the sister of the deceased, one Bose Kazeem of Ireakari Street, Atan-Ota.

Continued: https://www.thenigerianvoice.com/news/268805/doctor-nurse-in-trouble-as-patient-died-after-abortion.html

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Establish Youth Friendly Centres Dedicated To Providing Sexual And Reproductive Health Services – DevComs To Nigerian Govt.

Establish Youth Friendly Centres Dedicated To Providing Sexual And Reproductive Health Services – DevComs To Nigerian Govt.

11/07/2018
Posted by: Editor

A Nigeria based NGO, Development Communications Network (DevComs) has called for the establishment of Youth Friendly Centres dedicated to providing sexual and reproductive health services that meets the special needs of the target group.

“it is important to establish Youth Friendly Centres dedicated to providing sexual and reproductive health services that meets young people at their point of need rather than resorting to practices that endangers their lives,” says Akin Jimoh, programme Director of DevComs in a statement on the 2018 World Population Day.

Continued: https://www.africaprimenews.com/2018/07/11/news/establish-youth-friendly-centres-dedicated-to-providing-sexual-and-reproductive-health-services-devcoms-to-nigerian-govt/

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Nigeria: Minister urges stakeholders to reduce maternal mortality in the country

Mortality: Minister urges stakeholders to reduce maternal mortality in the country

By Regina Onyegbula
30 June 2018

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has stressed the need for all stakeholders to continuously work towards improving women's health, saying this will reduce the high maternal mortality rate in the country.

Adewole made the call on Friday in Abuja while delivering a keynote address at the end of the project tagged: "Preventing Maternal Deaths from Unwanted Pregnancy" (PMDUP).

Continued: https://www.thenigerianvoice.com/news/267802/mortality-minister-urges-stakeholders-to-reduce-maternal-mo.html

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