It is time to act: Deaths and morbidity from unsafe abortion
Dec 30, 2019
Reports have it that, despite family planning being mentioned as one of the most life-saving, empowering, and poverty fighter in families and nation at large; contraceptive prevalence in the country has remained low with statistics showing that only 38 percent of married women are using the services.
According to the Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey 2010, less than one in 10 (nine percent) of sexually active youth who want to avoid pregnancy use modern contraceptives. Worryingly, 22.8 per cent of young women between the ages of 15 and 19 are mothers.
What difference does a law make?
Unsafe abortion – responsible for some 18% of all maternal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa – is one of the most neglected sexual and reproductive health problems in the world today. A new collection in International Journal for Equity in Health aims to shed light on the articulation between the legal, political, social, and cultural conditions that work to enhance or hinder access to safe abortion services.
Marte E. S. Haaland
19 Dec 2019
Worldwide, as many as 19-20 million women resort to unsafe abortions every year. Many of these result in complications that cause considerable damage and even death, making abortion a key issue of women’s health and gender equity. Nevertheless, abortion remains a contentious issue among global health actors, and is often neglected and overlooked. When abortion is addressed, it is commonly discussed in terms of legalization or criminalization, and liberal abortion laws are often understood as synonymous to easy access to abortion services. A recently published collection in the International Journal for Equity in Health scrutinizes this assumption and asks the question: What difference does an abortion law really make for girls’ and women’s access to safe abortion services?
Stigma a factor in unsafe abortions in Lake Zone
by Lusekelo Philemon
Nov 19, 2019
At the time, Epiphania was only in Form Three. Things became more complicated when she thought of how to break the news of the pregnancy, taking into account that her father was a senior and respected church member.
She thought of the community and her colleagues—she was one of the choir members in the church. Worse still, Epiphania was also confused when she came to realize that the man behind the pregnancy was nowhere to be seen.
Maternal health: Life of a mother matters
By Elizabeth Tungaraza
Friday November 1 2019
Debates and discussions by health stakeholders on how to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in Tanzania have been continuing, reflecting at the toll of unsafe abortion and related maternal mortality.
Despite some promising progress recorded so far, reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity in Tanzania is still a challenge. Key findings of the 2015-16 Demographic and Health Survey and Malaria Indicator Survey (TDHS-MIS) shows that the estimated mortality and morbidity rate (MMR) of 556 deaths is “lower” than that recorded in the 2004-05 TDHS (578), but is higher than the ratios reported in the 2010 TDHS (454) and in the 2012 Population and Housing Census (432).
Sexuality awareness programmes to restrain early pregnancies
In Tanzania abortion is legally restricted, permitted only to save the life of the mother. Chapter 16 of the Penal Code criminalises the entire process from attempting to procuring child destruction.
2nd July 2019
Section 150 of chapter 16, stipulates that it is illegal to procure own miscarriage making one liable to seven years imprisonment.
Anyone who supports that ‘illegal act’ by supplying drugs and instruments to procure abortion faces three years imprisonment in jail, states section 152. Furthermore, it is stipulated in section 219, that anybody who found guilty for of child destruction shall be convicted to life imprisonment.
Unsafe abortion: The silent killer of young women
Monday June 17 2019
By Salome Gregory
Abortion in Tanzania is illegal. Being the case, it makes it harder for girls and women to get access to safe abortion. But even then, women still find their own ways to terminate unwanted pregnancies.
Have you ever asked yourself, what woman and girls go through when trying to end unwanted pregnancy? A simple survey by Your Health confirms that girls and women go through a lot of pain and suffering that sometimes leads to deaths or permanent reproductive health issues.
The unsolved puzzle on family planning choice
Saturday May 4 2019
By Salome Gregory
We tend to imagine our future families coming on the heels of a well-laid plan, but the reality is that plenty of us become parents entirely by accident.
In fact, in Tanzania, an estimated one million pregnancies are unintended.
Post-abortion care saves hundreds
Post-Abortion Care (PAC) services are saving hundreds of lives of women with pregnancy miscarriages from falling into maternal deaths in Sengerema District, Mwanza Region.
May 3, 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Interviews during a rapid journalists’ survey to uncover the salient features of higher maternal mortality in Mwanza, it was confirmed that many women in the region are using traditional herbs to induce abortion, terminating unintended pregnancies, which leads to unsafe abortions.
Marie Stopes ordered to close down 10 health facilities in Tanzania
Sunday, October 14, 2018
By The Citizen Reporters
In Summary: The move is surrounded by a mystery as there is no hint who ordered the NGO to stop offering health services in its facilities on Tanzania Mainland.
Dar es Salaam. Marie Stopes, an NGO offering healthcare in 37 countries around the world, has closed down its 10 health facilities in Tanzania.
The Citizen has found out that for nearly three weeks, patients seeking care at the NGO’s Dar es Salaam centres were being turned away in what the management termed as a “temporary inspection by government authorities.”
Abortions are illegal – yet one in three pregnancies is terminated
September 26, 2018
Tanzania's population is growing so fast that the government considers family planning necessary to achieve its economic goals. But legalising abortion is not part of the plan.
Since independence in 1962, Tanzania's population has increased from 10 million to more than 55 million. This has affected the country´s resources, especially since 45 percent of the population are under the age of 15 and not professionally active. To counter this trend, the government, in collaboration with international and national non-governmental organisations, wants to educate people about contraceptives and birth control to reduce the rate of growth. In many countries, population growth automatically decreases when a society becomes more developed – but it takes time.