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/


Nepal – Youths in Rolpa resorting to unsafe abortion instead of using contraceptives

Youths in Rolpa resorting to unsafe abortion instead of using contraceptives
According to the research of 2014 done by Guttmacher Institute in Nepal, out of the total maternal deaths in Nepal, seven percent death is caused by unsafe abortion.

Published On: September 8, 2019
Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, Sept 8: At least 12 health institutions including Rolpa District Hospital in Rolpa provide safe abortion, a non-surgical abortion that is done by using medicines, for unwanted pregnancy of up to nine weeks free of cost. The hospital and two primary health centers also provide safe clinical abortion, which is done by using medical equipment, for fetus up to 12 weeks for free.

But, an increasing number of youths are found to be resorting to unsafe abortion instead of using contraceptives even as such abortion practice is not only costly but also risks their own life.

Continued: https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/youths-in-rolpa-resorting-to-unsafe-abortion-instead-of-using-contraceptives/


Nepal – Editorial: Make regulations

Editorial: Make regulations
The Act is vague in that it does not explain the standards prescribed for non-governmental and private health institutions that can provide obstetric care

Published: August 28, 2019
The Himalayan Times

Mere passage of a law holds little meaning if the regulations, that is, the guidelines for executing the provisions in the law, are not formulated. This has been the case with the Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Right Act, whose provisions are facing difficulty in their implementation even a year after its endorsement by the Parliament for want of related regulations. In the absence of the regulations, many women are unable to enjoy their rights and seek compensation when their reproductive health rights are violated. Due to the delay in formulating the regulations, health institutions have no option but to keep working as per the old act. The law, among others, has given women the right to decide on when and how many children to have, and also the requirement of her consent on a prescribed format of a health institution should she want a safe abortion.

Continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/opinion/editorial-make-regulations/


New report details the devastating impact of President Trump’s Global Gag Rule

New report details the devastating impact of President Trump’s Global Gag Rule

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Experts at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference discuss the impact of US funding restrictions and the need for data-driven programs and policies to increase access to safe abortion

(Vancouver, Canada) – A new report released today at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference reveals that the Global Gag Rule is reducing the quality and availability of care, particularly for marginalized communities, in four countries studied. Advocates, researchers and implementing partners discussed the findings from the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) detailing the effects of the expanded US Global Gag Rule, as well as a new evidence-gathering initiative by several partner organizations designed to increase access to safe abortion.

Continued: https://mailchi.mp/0789a23add38/press-releaseglobal-gag-rule-expansion-and-the-future-of-us-global-health-policy?e=695642389f