EASTERN EUROPE / CENTRAL ASIA – Regional Conference on Bringing the WHO Recommendations on Safe Abortion and Family Planning Closer to Women in Countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
December 18, 2018
Chisinau, Moldova, 15-16 November 2018
Organised by the Reproductive Health Training Centre, Moldova, with support from the Safe Abortion Action Fund
There were 65 participants. The meeting was in Russian with simultaneous translation in English. Participants included health professionals, health policymakers and NGO representatives from 11 counties in the region – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Russia.
'They Ordered Me To Get An Abortion': A Chinese Woman's Ordeal In Xinjiang
November 23, 2018
When the 37-year-old Chinese woman stepped over China's border into Kazakhstan last July, she felt free.
The woman — who doesn't want NPR to use her name for fear of retaliation by Chinese authorities — says after her husband died in 2015, she was left with two children, a tiny house in the countryside of China's Xinjiang region, and little else. She despaired of her future.
Improvement of availability and quality of safe abortion services discussed in Bishkek
Bishkek, Nov. 21, 2018. /Kabar/
A technical meeting on “Improvement of availability and quality of safe abortion services” is being held in Bishkek.
Experts told that despite the existence of safe, simple and effective interventions based on the principles of evidence-based medicine, almost 22 million unsafe abortions are performed annually, which continues to contribute considerably to the global burden of maternal morbidity and mortality.
In Kyrgyzstan, in 2015, the maternal mortality rate was the highest among the Central Asian countries, 6.3 times higher than in Kazakhstan, 2.4 times higher than in Tajikistan, 1.8 times higher than in Turkmenistan, and 2.1 times higher than in Uzbekistan.