Scientist urges Kenya to take steps to diminish maternal deaths

Scientist urges Kenya to take steps to diminish maternal deaths

By xinhuanet.com
Nov 2, 2019

An international health scientist on Friday urged Kenya to embrace partnership and awareness creation to end the increasing maternal deaths.

Marleen Temmerman, director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Medical College of Aga Khan University in East Africa said that the country’s maternal mortality rate (MMR) is high, with 488 deaths per every 100,000 live births per year.

Continued: https://www.newsghana.com.gh/scientist-urges-kenya-to-take-steps-to-diminish-maternal-deaths/


Tanzania – Maternal health: Life of a mother matters

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).

Continued: https://www.thecitizen.co.tz/magazine/Maternal-health--Life-of-a-mother-matters/1840564-5333370-b7fkdn/index.html


Irish Woman With a Heart Condition and One Lung Refused Abortion Because Life Deemed Not at Risk

Irish Woman With a Heart Condition and One Lung Refused Abortion Because Life Deemed Not at Risk
By Tom Porter
On 4/29/18

An Irish woman who said her pregnancy could kill her due to existing health conditions was denied a termination after doctors determined her life was not at risk.

Claire Malone, 30, from Co Wexford, has pulmonary atresia, a congenital heart condition, as well as pulmonary hypertension. In 2014 she had a lung removed. All conditions carry significant risk during pregnancy.

Continued: http://www.newsweek.com/irish-woman-heart-condition-and-one-lung-refused-abortion-because-life-not-905201


EU court deals blow to anti-abortion campaigners

EU court deals blow to anti-abortion campaigners

By Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com
April 24, 2018

The EU court has ruled that the European Commission was entitled to refuse to table a bill banning funding for abortion services [DFID/Flickr]

The EU’s top court has dealt a blow to anti-abortion activists, ruling that the European Commission was justified in its refusal to propose a ban on EU funding for abortion services.

In a ruling on Monday (23 April), the European Court of Justice stated that the ‘One of Us’ citizens’ initiative “cannot require the Commission to submit a proposal for a legal act”.

continued: https://www.euractiv.com/section/freedom-of-thought/news/eu-court-deals-blow-to-anti-abortion-campaigners/


Engaging Men; A Path To Reducing Maternal Mortality Rates In Ghana

Engaging Men; A Path To Reducing Maternal Mortality Rates In Ghana

Elikem Agbenyo
16 April 2018

Men usually shy away from participating in maternal and child related activities because they feel it is an issue that concern only women. Meanwhile men make major decisions and take actions which affect women during pregnancy or child care. Deeply immersed in these gender-related tensions are traditions, economic self-interest, and power dynamics, all of which are advantageous to men.

The Technology for Maternal and Child Health (T4MCH) Project organized a community sensitization in 33 communities to discuss socio-cultural factors that affect maternal and child health. It was revealed that, though men exude power and influence in the family and society, most men have little or no knowledge on pregnancy, delivery and child care.

Continued: https://www.modernghana.com/news/847845/engaging-men-a-path-to-reducing-maternal-mortality-rates-in.html


Nigeria: DEVCOM, NURHI partner New Telegraph to curb maternal death

DEVCOM, NURHI partner New Telegraph to curb maternal death

Published on February 1, 2018
By Emmanuella Lekwauwa

Determined to curb maternal mortality in the country, Development Communications Network (DEVCOM) in partnership with Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) yesterday sought partnership of New Telegraph to promote family planning services.

DEVCOM Programme Director, Akin Jimoh, who disclosed this in Lagos, said the country was losing many of women to complications arising from pregnancy and child birth, saying if family planning was effectively deployed by people of reproductive age, it would avert many unintended pregnancies as well as prevent unsafe abortions.

Continued: https://newtelegraphonline.com/2018/02/devcom-nurhi-partner-new-telegraph-curb-maternal-death/


Norway to increase support for women’s health and safe abortion

Norway to increase support for women's health and safe abortion

Press release | Date: Oct 12, 2017

'Norway is at the forefront of efforts to promote gender equality and women's health at the international level. We are among the biggest donors to efforts in this field, but there are still many unmet needs. The Government therefore proposes an increase of NOK 180 million in earmarked support for women's health and safe abortion in 2018. 'This increase comes in addition to the major increase in funding earlier this year, in connection with the SheDecides initiative,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Continued at source: Government of Norway: https://www.regjeringen.no/en/aktuelt/womens_health/id2574852/


Canada: Catholic bishops say Trudeau playing politics with abortion in foreign aid

Catholic bishops say Trudeau playing politics with abortion in foreign aid
Letter to foreign affairs minister criticizes policy speech and decision to direct aid to reproductive rights

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
Posted: Jul 10, 2017

Catholic leaders are criticizing the Trudeau government for allowing "political ideology" to dictate its advocacy of abortion rights in its new feminist international development policy.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is also questioning Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for spending hundreds of millions more on the issue than on famine in Africa, and the emphasis on family planning that came when International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau unveiled Canada's retooled foreign aid policy.

Continued at source: CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/roman-catholic-bishops-abortion-trudeau-foreign-policy-1.4198352