Let’s break the silence on abortion and save lives
08 Oct, 2019
Edinah Masiyiwa, Correspondent
The time to discuss unsafe abortions has never been more urgent in Zimbabwe, where nearly all abortions are clandestine and approximately 40 percent of these abortions result in complications such as severe bleeding, infection and even death.
Though the exact figures of women and girls who have died from unsafe abortions is not known, a study showed that abortions are the fifth leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in Zimbabwe.
It’s time for men, church to defend women against unsafe abortions
Mugove G Madziyire
September 28, 2019
In 1984, when I was in primary school, Rosemary (not her name), a fellow classmate, passed away. The news shocked the whole class. At our age, death didn’t seem possible. A few days later, the headmaster spoke to us at the school assembly. He said Rosemary had “played” inappropriately with boys and become pregnant. And she died because she had attempted to abort the pregnancy. It was a big relief to us to realise that she, in fact, “deserved to die”. How could she do that?
We never thought about the man who had caused the pregnancy, why she became pregnant, and why she attempted an abortion. Today, 35 years later, as a specialist gynaecologist and a man, it is clear to me that men must ask those tough questions if we are to stop unnecessary deaths from illegal and dangerous abortions.
‘Address unsafe abortions to reduce maternal deaths’
September 24, 2019
BY PHYLLIS MBANJE
THE emotive issue of unsafe abortions which accounts for a fifth of the over 3 000 maternal deaths that occur every year in Zimbabwe should be tackled urgently by all stakeholders with specific reference to the Termination of Pregnancy Act (TOR), which has repeatedly been said to be restrictive.
Addressing legislators at a meeting convened by the Women Action Group (WAG) yesterday, family health director in the Health ministry, Bernard Madzima said although consensus on the matter will not come easily, it was important for all concerned to come up with solutions that would preserve women’s lives.
Make post-abortion pills readily available
21 September 2019
THERE is a glaring shortage of post-abortion pills across Zimbabwe.
Abortion is illegal in the country except in circumstances where the pregnancy endangers the mother’s life, where there is serious risk the child to be born will suffer from a physical or mental defect or when the pregnancy is a result of rape.
More and more women are dying each year from untreated or inadequately treated abortion-related complications.
Zimbabwe in top maternal mortality rates
21 Sep, 2019
Thandeka Moyo, Chronicle Reporter
LESS than half of health facilities in Zimbabwe are fully equipped to handle pregnancy-related complications which include post-abortion care, a study has shown.
In 2016 alone, 66 800 unsafe abortions were carried out according to a recent study in the country, which translates to about 18 out of every 1 000 pregnancies.
SAfAids launches SRH mobile app
April 21, 2019
Southern Africa HIV and Aids Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) has launched a new mobile application aimed at empowering adolescents and youths to engage in social accountability monitoring of Sexual Reproductive Health [SRH] services.
The Mobile Social Accountability Monitoring (MobiSAfAIDS), an innovative mobile application, is being piloted in Hwange rural district targeting disadvantaged adolescents and youths in a bid to equip them with knowledge and skills on how they can engage SRH service providers.
Let’s end unnecessary delays to safe abortions for rape victims
April 18, 2019
Guest Column: Edinah Masiyiwa
RUDO Moyo (not her real name) is a 19-year-old who lives in the Guruve district of Zimbabwe.
Rudo was raped by a relative and two months later, she discovered that she was pregnant as a result of the rape.
Inside the illegal abortion market: 'I nearly touched hell'
Zimbabwe’s tight abortion laws aren’t curbing demand, they’re driving them underground — and it’s about to get worse.
29 Jan 2019
Tapiwa Chiwenga was two months pregnant when she slipped the pink pills inside herself, lay down on her bed, and prayed they would do their job.
They had to.
She was 22. Her boyfriend, a foreign student in Zimbabwe on a scholarship, loved her fiercely. But he was broke. So was she. She lived with her cousin and didn’t have a job. A baby simply was not in the cards.
Make abortion safe: NGO
Mashonaland Central Correspondent
Dec 3, 2018
THERE is need to broaden circumstances under which abortion is permitted and to ensure the availability of safe, legal abortion services, as well as post-abortion care to reduce clandestine and unsafe procedures.
This was said by a non-governmental organisation, Right Here Right Now, in Bindura last week. Right Here Right Now, which is part of a consortium of NGOs that include Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Real Open Opportunities Trust Support and Katswe Sisterhood, revealed that Zimbabwe had one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, estimated at 651 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births in contrast to a worldwide trend of declines.
Post-abortion drugs in short supply
27 October 2018
HARARE - Health facilities that are meant to offer post-abortion care in the country are experiencing shortages of essential drugs required to provide for the service.
Research conducted by Tsungai Chipato of the University of Zimbabwe's Obstetrics and Gynaecology, in conjunction with Guttmacher Institute, the ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) and the Women's Action Group showed that 5 percent of the health facilities had run out of misoprostol - an essential medicine for post-abortion care.