Zambia: Adolescents muse on reproductive health encounters

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Adolescents muse on reproductive health encounters
May 23, 2017

LILLIAN BANDA, Lusaka

ONE of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 is that by 2030, the world should ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services, including the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.

One of the proposed indicators of this target is that the proportion of women of reproductive age 15-49 years- should have their need for family planning satisfied with modern methods.

Increased access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) information and services is key to reducing the number of girls becoming pregnant, leading to a reduction in the number of unsafe abortions among this age group, which according to expert reports, is mostly affected by unsafe abortions.

Continued at source: Daily Mail: https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/adolescents-muse-on-reproductive-health-encounters/

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Africa: Abortion’s moral questions are best addressed outside criminal law

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Abortion's moral questions are best addressed outside criminal law
Wednesday January 18 2017, Daily Nation

By LIZA KIMBO

In June 2013, Louise (not her real name), an 18 year old girl in junior high school, was four-months pregnant when she attempted to procure an abortion in Kigali, Rwanda.

Because of stigma around abortion in her community, she visited a private clinic outside Kigali where the doctor gave her some pills. When she returned to Kigali, she began haemorrhaging and sought assistance from her neighbours, who immediately informed the police after discovering that she had attempted to procure an abortion.

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Source, Daily Nation: http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/blogs/decriminalising-abortion-maternal-mortality-Africa/620-3522700-rss702/

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Zambia must protect women’s right to make free sexual and reproductive choices

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by Louise Carmody & Bob Mwiinga Munyati, Africa 29 Sep 2016 01:08 (South Africa)

As Zambians took to the polls last month they voted not only for their choice of president, but also in a constitutional referendum proposing changes to the bill of rights. While President Edgar Lungu was declared the winner of the election, political figures lamented the outcome of the failed referendum as a missed opportunity for Zambians to advance protection for social and economic rights after it didn’t meet the 50% voter turnout threshold required to make it a supreme law of the country. By LOUISE CARMODY and BOB MWIINGA MUNYATI.

For many women’s rights advocates, Zambia’s failed referendum is a welcome reprieve. The draft included problematic clauses that could have seriously undermined the human rights of women and girls in Zambia.

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Source: Daily Maverick

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Africa: Abortion sparks heated debate at Ticad side event

Zambian economist Highvie Hamdudu confers with his Cameroonian counterpart Marie Rose Nguini Effa during a discussion on reproductive health for the youth in Africa at a Ticad side event in Nairobi on August 26, 2016. PHOTO | AGGREY MUTAMBO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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Health PS Nicholas Muraguri argued the debate on legalising abortion should be turned into a campaign to prevent teenage pregnancies.

Friday August 26 2016, The Daily Nation

By AGGREY MUTAMBO

Government health officials clashed on Friday with representatives of a global reproductive health campaigner over the approach to be taken on abortion policy.

At event to discuss reproductive health in Africa, Health Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri argued the debate on legalising abortion should instead be turned into a campaign to prevent teenage pregnancies.

“We remain committed as a country to ensure that people are able to access all the services they need and the debate about abortion can continue.

"But more important, we know that abortion is a reflection of unwanted pregnancies,” he said during the discussion at a side meeting to the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad) in Nairobi.

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Source: The Daily Nation, Kenya

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