Nepal – Putting the brakes on COVID-19: Safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls

Published: July 11, 2020

KATHMANDU: The COVID-19 pandemic has sickened 16,649 people and left 35 dead in Nepal as of July 10. But the full toll of this catastrophe has been incalculably greater. The health system has been overwhelmed and the economy has been greatly impacted. Women and girls have been disproportionately affected, with sexual and reproductive health services being curtailed and gender-based violence on the rise.

Today, 11 July, is World Population Day, a moment to raise awareness of the sexual and reproductive health needs of people. This year, UNFPA is calling attention to the needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls amid the pandemic, and the efforts needed to secure their health and human rights.

Continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/putting-the-brakes-on-covid-19-safeguarding-the-health-and-rights-of-women-and-girls/


The Pandemic And Legal Abortion: What Happens When Access Is Limited?

The Pandemic And Legal Abortion: What Happens When Access Is Limited?

June 8, 2020
Isabella Gomez Sarmiento

In April, Johanna Cruz terminated her pregnancy with drugs obtained through a telemedicine consultation.

Abortion is legal in Colombia. And Cruz, a street performer from Chile who was backpacking through the Colombian state of Antioquia, did not feel she was in a position to raise a child. She didn't have a steady income or stable housing. And with stay-at-home orders in place to control the spread of coronavirus, she found herself facing homelessness in the town of San Rafael and unable to travel to Medellin, the nearest city with an abortion clinic.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/06/08/864970278/lockdown-limits-access-to-legal-abortion-in-colombia-telemedicine-is-now-an-opti


Keeping women’s health essential despite Covid-19 shortages

Keeping women's health essential despite Covid-19 shortages

Opinion by Anu Kumar
Thu May 7, 2020
(Video: Fear, panic as women navigate pregnancy during a pandemic, 02:59)

(CNN)The world is changing daily as a result of Covid-19. Like millions of people, I now have a virtual workday. I am fortunate -- I'm safe and comfortable at home with my family in North Carolina.

Although living socially distanced and not knowing when life will return to normal is a struggle, I am comforted by the knowledge of the frontline workers I work with around the world working to alleviate some of the harm being inflicted on those living in dense and underserved communities.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/06/opinions/covid-19-womens-health-abortion-access-kumar/


Nepal – Adolescents demand for separate curriculum on sexual and reproductive education

Adolescents demand for separate curriculum on sexual and reproductive education

Khabarhub
February 22, 2020

MUGU: A demand has been made for a separate sexual and reproductive health education curriculum.

The participants of a discussion session on ‘safe abortion’ organized by CDS-Park, Mugu here on Friday voiced for the same which, as they said, was urgently needed for broader sex education essential to pursue a decent and healthy life.

Continued: https://english.khabarhub.com/2020/22/77301/


There’s Nothing “Pro-Life” About Trump’s Opposition to Abortion Rights

There’s Nothing “Pro-Life” About Trump’s Opposition to Abortion Rights

By Tatiana Cozzarelli, Left Voice
Published January 26, 2020

As Senators sat listening to hours upon hours of impeachment proceedings, considering the possibility of removing the president from office, Donald Trump began campaigning for a second term. Yesterday, that meant being the first sitting president ever to attend and speak at the March for Life. Trump said it was a “profound honor” to be the first president to attend, and assured that “unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House.” Similar to his campaign rallies, at the end of Trump’s speech, the crowd erupted into a chant of “four more years.”

The March for Life is a large annual march against the right to an abortion, which began in 1974 after the passing of Roe v. Wade. Every year, thousands of people walk to the Supreme Court to demand the overturn of Roe v .Wade. The Catholic Church and Evangelical churches mobilize thousands of people to the march.

Continued: https://truthout.org/articles/theres-nothing-pro-life-about-trumps-opposition-to-abortion-rights/


Why universal health coverage must include abortion

Why universal health coverage must include abortion

Friday, January 24, 2020
Ipas

Abortion is health care, and health care is a human right. That’s why efforts to advance universal health coverage (UHC)—an international effort to guarantee that all people, regardless of where they live, have access to essential, quality health services without financial hardship—must include strong language defining sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion care, as an integral part of health and well-being. Ipas is committed to working with the World Health Organization, governments and other partners to attain the Sustainable Development Goal targets, which include achieving UHC.

“The world still has far to go to achieve gender equality,” said Ipas Senior Technical Manager for Community Engagement Tanvi Monga in a recent opinion for Global Health Now. “Women shoulder the burden of child care, elder care, household care, family health and health-care costs—and for poor or near-poor women anywhere in the world, health-care costs can cause irrevocable financial strain.” Plus, health-care services labeled as “for women” are frequently separated from other services—and are harder to access or more expensive.

Continued: https://www.ipas.org/news/2020/January/why-universal-health-coverage-must-include-abortion


Nepal – Unsafe abortion continues unabated

Unsafe abortion continues unabated

Published: January 05, 2020
Rastriya Samachar Samiti

Abortion has been legalised in Nepal since March 2002 and in normal cases, abortion up to 12 weeks’ gestation, with the consent of pregnant women, is allowed. In special cases, it is allowed up to 28 weeks of pregnancy.

However, abortion is still considered a stigma in Nepali society. Of those women undergoing abortion, 58 per cent chose unsafe procedure, according to data published by various organisations working in the reproductive health rights sector.

Continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/unsafe-abortion-continues-unabated/


Nepal – Bajura sees growth in access to safe abortion services

Bajura sees growth in access to safe abortion services

Published On: November 17, 2019
By: Krishna Oli

BAJURA, Nov 17: Bajura, a remote district in the far western hills of the country, has fared well in terms of safe abortion. As per the government record, as many as 865 women received safe abortion service through government-run health centers in the district. Of the total 28 health centers in the district, 15 health centers have been providing abortion service to women.

Chief of the District Hospital Bajura, Dr Rupchandra Bishwokarma, finds the scenario encouraging. In the past, women would commonly use unsafe ways to end unwanted pregnancy, but as the safer facilities have been made accessible they have started seeking medical help for abortion, he noted.

Continued: https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/bajura-sees-growth-in-access-to-safe-abortion-services/


UNFPA committed to women empowerment: Dr Natalia Kanem

UNFPA committed to women empowerment: Dr Natalia Kanem

Published: October 24, 2019
RAJAN POKHREL

The ‘so-called’ Global Gag Rule, as well as the defunding of United Nations Population Fund by the current US government, impacted the health and well-being of women and girls in many parts of the world, the top United Nations official said.

According to United Nations Under Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund Dr Natalia Kanem, the GGR and the pushback have led to cutbacks in essential services.

Continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/unfpa-committed-to-women-empowerment/


Reducing maternal mortality ratio in Nepal still a daunting challenge

Reducing maternal mortality ratio in Nepal still a daunting challenge

Published: September 15, 2019
Sabitri Dhakal

Considering the investment and efforts put in by the government in the field of maternal health, it is unlikely that the government will meet the target of reducing maternal mortality ratio to 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030 as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals for Nepal, 2016-2030.

According to the National Demographic Health Survey 2016, the maternal mortality ratio for Nepal was 239 per 100,000 live births for the seven year period before the survey. The confidence interval for the 2016 maternal mortality ratio ranges from 134 to 345 deaths per 100,000 live births.

Continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/reducing-maternal-mortality-ratio-in-nepal-still-a-daunting-challenge/