Uganda – COVID-19 affects maternal health care

PATRICIA AKANKWATSA, The Independent
July 23, 2021

Uganda’s response to COVID-19 has negatively impacted maternal, child and neonatal health, accord[1]ing to data by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The UNFPA says the biggest and longest lasting impact is seen in complications of pregnancy, stillbirths and low-birth weight infants likely due to delayed care-seeking behaviour.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.ug/covid-19-affects-maternal-health-care/


African states, donors launch initiative to boost access to contraceptives

Source: Xinhua
2021-07-05

NAIROBI, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Three African countries including Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Uganda on Monday joined hands with international donors to launch an initiative aimed at improving access to reproductive health services including contraceptives.

Senior policymakers said the launch of Shaping Equitable Market Access (SEMA) for Reproductive Health initiative will help reduce unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions among women and girls in Africa and other low-income countries.

Continued: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2021-07/06/c_1310044494.htm


Building bridges: OBGYNs engage with traditional healers to strengthen access to safe abortion in Africa

11 March 2021

As part of FIGO’s ongoing Advocating for Safe Abortion Project (ASAP), three of our member societies shared their experiences engaging with traditional healers and the lessons they have learned from these activities and engagements.

‘Traditional healer’ is used to describe a person who provides counselling and/or herbal remedies to community members for an array of health issues. This may include supporting women and girls with their pregnancies, labour and reproductive health concerns, as well as providing the community with guidance on birth, wedding and death rituals, and other community-related affairs.

Continued: https://www.figo.org/news/building-bridges-obgyns-engage-traditional-healers-strengthen-access-safe-abortion-africa


Uganda – Role of morality in legal and policy development process

WEDNESDAY MARCH 10 2021
Annah Kukundakwe

President Yoweri Museveni in his speech during the NRM Liberation Day on January 26 said people should leave their religious beliefs at home and not carry them to office.

I am not sure what motivated him to take this stance, but in my case, I am motivated by the fact that the morality whip that is mainly wielded by religious leaders and members of their congregation, has proven to be untenable.

Continued: https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/oped/commentary/role-of-morality-in-legal-and-policy-development-process-3318306


Uganda – Dr Fatumah Nakalembe talks to women about abortion

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14 2021
By Shabibah Nakirigya

Kampala – Fatumah Nakalembe set herself a tough task. She spends most of her working hours talking to girls about the effects of having unsafe abortions.

Abortion in Uganda is illegal unless performed by a licensed medical doctor in a situation where the woman’s life is deemed to be at risk.

Continued: https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/dr-fatumah-nakalembe-talks-to-women-about-abortion-3291232


Uganda – Unsafe Abortion: Less Privileged Girls Risk Succumbing to Complications Due to Exorbitant Post Abortion Treatment Costs

Esther Macula
October 7, 2020

Despite large reductions in pregnancy related deaths in Uganda over the past two decades (the maternal mortality ratio dropped from 684 to 100,000 live births in 1995 to 343 per 100,000 in 2015 as per Ministry of Health records), the high number of maternal deaths remains a public health challenge.

Unsafe abortion continues to contribute significantly
to maternal morbidity and mortality. A 2010 report by the Ministry of Health
estimated that 8% of maternal deaths were due to unsafe abortion.

Continued: https://chimpreports.com/unsafe-abortion-less-privileged-girls-risk-succumbing-to-complications-due-to-exorbitant-post-abortion-treatment-costs/


Uganda – Spike in unplanned pregnancies, abortions

World Contraception Day takes place on September 26th every year. Under its campaign, every pregnancy is wanted. But in Uganda, this vision came under attack because of the lockdown which made access to sex easy but hard or impossible to family planning services and information. The result was an explosion of unplanned pregnancies and abortions as Agnes Kyotalengerire found out.

By Agnes Kyotalengerire

6th October
2020

Monicak
Kayesu' story

When Monica Kayesu, 36, a mother of four, sought family planning
services earlier this year, she settled for an intrauterine device (IUD).  Unfortunately, the lockdown took effect at on
March 20th, the day she was to have the coil inserted. With public transport
banned, Kayesu could not get it inserted in April and conceived in May. She is
five months pregnant and cannot come to terms with the idea of having a fifth
child.

Continued: https://www.newvision.co.ug/news/1528596/spike-unplanned-pregnancies-abortions


Uganda – Why some girls may not return to school after COVID-19 lockdown

As a result, provision of most services, such as maternal health, reproductive health, and family planning were affected.

Benon Musasizi
4th October 2020

The well-being of thousands of girls in Busoga region is at risk, with reports of a huge number of teenage pregnancies since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Containment measures against the virus, which included closing schools, exposed many girls to risky sexual behaviours in the community.

Continued: https://www.newvision.co.ug/news/1528459/girls-return-school-covid-19-lockdown


Uganda – Experts cautious as activists push for access to abortion drug

The Independent
September 28, 2020

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Activists are calling for easing of restrictions on dispensing abortion drug mifepristone, as the world commemorates international safe abortion day.

The day is marked on September 28, every year to remind the world of women’s right to access safe and legal abortion. It is based on the fact that more and more women are dying from the lack of access to safe abortion, a public health emergency that, according to activists, has been ignored.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.ug/experts-cautious-as-activists-push-for-access-to-abortion-drug/


Uganda – Unwanted pregnancy? Who is to blame?

September 18, 2020
Doreen N Kyampeire, RedPepper Editorial

Growing up in a typical African home, girls are usually told not to bring home a pre-marital pregnancy and boys not to impregnate someone’s daughter out of wedlock. This threat by parents and guardians poses a mystery to the African child of how exactly this said “evil” happens.

They are never given the full detail on how pregnancy actually happens. This points to a very large gap in sexuality education. The little information got is from the senior women and men teachers in schools which is usually not comprehensive.

Continued: http://redpepper.co.ug/2020/09/doreen-n-kyamp-oped/