Global gag rule is cutting off funding for much needed health services
Thursday February 13 2020
By Moses Mulumba
For close to 15 years, I have been working as a health and human rights advocate, focusing on ensuring social justice in health systems for the most vulnerable.
Unsurprisingly, I have witnessed that women, mothers and young girls continue to be the major users of the health system. This is largely because of the critical maternal function they perform in society.
Closing policy gaps for survivors of sexual violence
Unsafe abortion continues to contribute significantly to maternal mortality and morbidity in Uganda
To mark the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence, Dr Kayondo Simon Peter, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Project Coordinator for the FIGO Advocating for Safe Abortion project at the Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Uganda (AOGU), highlights how a policy gap is denying access to safe abortion for survivors of sexual violence, as well as other women.
Gynaecologists call for safe abortion as part of essential health package for women
By DAVID MAFABI | PML Daily Senior Staff Writer
Posted on October 3, 2019
KAMPALA – “When the doctor told me that we needed to discuss the results of my pregnancy test, I already knew I was pregnant; because I was just recovering from rape,”
Oliver tested for pregnancy and the result was positive. It was hard for her to accept the news, since she saw this as an end to her dream of becoming a teacher.
Let us act against teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortions
These are serious public health, human rights and social equity dilemmas that must be addressed
Added 30th September 2019
By Umar Wewala
One in every four teenage girls in Uganda aged 15-19 years is a mother a child or pregnant. 42% of all the pregnancies among adolescents in Uganda are unintended.
Under the existing restrictive SRHR environment, a significant number of these pregnancies end up in unsafe abortions or culminate into pregnancy complications, sometimes leading to death.
Unclear abortion laws in Uganda leave women who are raped unsure of options
Posted on Jun 12, 2019 by Global Press News Service
by Nakisanze Segawa, Reporter
KAMPALA, UGANDA — When Irene hands her granddaughter a piece of bread, the six-year-old grins widely.
That smile never appears when the child’s mother is around, Irene says. “Sometimes, I feel like she senses that she is a mawemuko.”
In the Luganda language, the word “mawemuko” refers to a child conceived from incest.
Women’s Groups and Funders Respond to Global Gag Rule
Four successful strategies to mitigate the effects of a restrictive funding policy that the Trump administration reinstated.
By Leila Hessini
Apr. 10, 2019
As one of his first acts as president of the United States, Donald Trump reinstated a policy prohibiting organizations from receiving US government aid if they provide services, referrals, and advocacy related to abortion abroad. In late March 2019, the Trump administration expanded this policy to include subcontractors serving groups that provide or discuss abortion.
The United States is the world’s largest donor to global health, and abortion-related services are often integrated into general health care involving HIV, contraceptives, and families. The policy, known as the Mexico City Policy and dubbed the global gag rule by women’s groups to reflect the act’s intentions and impact, was first introduced by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Since then, each Democratic president has rescinded it and each Republican president has reinstated it. Under Trump, the policy covers all $8.8 billion in US global health aid, nearly 15 times the reach of previous iterations.
Why we should prevent unsafe abortions
Unsafe abortions are almost entirely preventable since they are majorly a result of unmet need for family planning.
By Lillian Namusoke Magezi
18th March 2019
At the end of July last year, Jowelia Nankya, a resident of Kyaliwajala, a Kampala suburb, got a 17-year-old maid from Serere district in Eastern Uganda.
She quickly noticed that the maid was sluggish and tended to sleep a lot. Nankya also noticed that their stock of sanitary towels, which she kept in the bathroom cabinet and their toilet roll got used up very fast.
When rural women seek crude abortions to end unwanted pregnancies
By DAVID MAFABI | PML Daily Senior Staff Writer
Posted on March 2, 2019
MBALE – Hanna Namutosi, 19, was raped by a mentally ill man while walking alone in a bushy village path in Bududa district.
And when she missed her first period, she thought nothing of it. Her periods had always been irregular. But after some time, she started vomiting in the morning and got nauseous whenever she the smelt eggs or mandazi or anything being fried.
Uganda: Back Door Abortions Thriving in Kampala
Nov 2, 2018
by Undercover Reporter
In a competitive environment, how you present yourself to customers determines your business survival. And that's exactly what 'Dr Gift', despite advertising an illegal service - which he called legal - did.
I was taking a walk in the city centre when I came across a bold advert on A4 size paper. It stood out from the other black and white adverts because it was written in red, capital letters. The poster proclaims how 'Dr Gift' provides "legal abortion and free cleaning".
Uganda’s untold abortion story
October 24, 2018
Written by Zurah Nakabugo
One Margaret, 26, is among many Ugandan women who are at risk of suffering severe complications arising from unsafe abortion.
Margaret, a resident of Kazo Angola zone in Kampala, recently told The Observer that she almost died while terminating her pregnancy using local herbs. She was forced to come to Kawempe General hospital for proper care.
The mother of one says her second pregnancy came about after being raped late one night as she returned home from work. So, she decided to carry out an abortion.