Why India is likely to lose its battle to population control as the health department focuses on COVID-19?
In the worst-case scenario, there can be more than 2.9 million additional population which could be due to unintended pregnancies
Thursday, May 14, 2020
By Jescilia Karayamparambil
The already stressed healthcare segment in India is presently concentrating on saving the lives of COVID-19 patients. But the healthcare professionals like doctors and other healthcare workers, are expected to feel the pinch further when there are more abortion cases and other health issues among women -- mainly due to unwanted pregnancies, says VS Chandrashekar, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Reproductive Health Services India (FRHS). This unwanted pregnancy is expected to have large economic pressure among families who were not ready for a child.
Speaking to The Free Press Journal, Chandrashekar, said, "We prepared a report taking into consideration three scenarios -- best case, likely case and worst scenarios."
Timely Pitch: Women Still Need Contraceptives During Lockdown
by Edinah Masiyiwa
Recently, my work phone rang and on the other end was a woman called Tendai (not her real name). Tendai needed to get a replenishment of her contraceptives. She tried to go to the women’s clinic that morning.
Our clinics were deemed essential and are open, but Tendai could not reach one as there was no public transport running in her area. Quickly, I assured Tendai that I would call her back with a solution. Fortunately, Women’s Action Group, the organisation I work for, is part of a coalition working on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and I was able to connect her to a service provider who helped her obtain her contraceptives as they could offer transport within a given radius and she lived close enough to receive that help.
International Safe Abortion Day: The real cost of illegal abortions
This International Safe Abortion Day, Marie Stopes South Africa is calling for safe abortion services and care to be made available to every woman who wants it worldwide.
September 27, 2019
Across the globe, there are still 214 million women who currently have no reliable way of preventing an unintended pregnancy that could make them poorer, push their dreams beyond their reach forever, or threaten their health and life.
We’ve seen the transformational potential of family planning, and the positive changes that can happen in a woman’s life when she has control over her body and future. Contraception and safe abortion supports women to delay first pregnancy, space their pregnancies and avoid unsafe abortion, greatly reducing their risk of dying in pregnancy or childbirth.
How Kavanaugh would put birth control and reproductive rights at risk
Access to contraception is essential to women’s autonomy and equality
Diana Kasdan and Dariely Rodriguez
September 5, The Lily
President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, poses a threat to the right to access birth control for women across the country, in particular low-income women and women of color who face higher barriers to access.
That’s one of many reasons why we urge the Senate to reject Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Migrating males and population decline
Nepal’s fertility rate is going down even though contraceptive use has not increased
Om Astha Rai
March 23, 2018
Sita Yonjan, 21, has a two-year-old daughter, and recently stopped using contraceptives even though she is not planning to have another child. She says she doesn’t need her birth control implant anymore because her husband went away to work in Qatar two months ago.
Yonjan visited a health post in Rayale village of Kavre to remove the birth control implant that she had inserted last year. The tiny device prevents births for five years, and does not need to be removed even when users abstain from intercourse. But many Nepali men want their wives to stop using contraceptives when they leave for overseas work.
Even sex is in crisis in Venezuela, where contraceptives are growing scarce
By Mariana Zuñiga and Anthony Faiola
November 28, 2017
CARACAS, Venezuela — Yorlenis Gutierrez, a 28-year-old mother, spent months vainly scouring pharmacies for a drug whose scarcity is complicating her sex life and those of countless other Venezuelans. In a country beset by shortages, this is one of the most difficult: the disappearance of contraceptives.
When she couldn’t renew her supply of birth-control pills, Gutierrez and her husband made a choice. Long-term abstinence was not an option, they agreed.
Continued at source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/even-sex-is-in-crisis-in-venezuela-where-contraceptives-are-growing-scarce/2017/11/27/5d970d86-b452-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html?undefined=&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1
Worrying signs for Tamil Nadu women as contraceptive use decreases
By Sushmitha Ramakrishnan | Express News Service
Published: 26th September 2017
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu is one of the most urbanised states in the country. But the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS) for 2015-16 has found that the State has seen an eight per cent decline in use of all kinds of contraceptives in the last decade. The decline is five per cent more than the national average.
Continued at source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2017/sep/26/worrying-signs-for-tamil-nadu-women-as-contraceptive-use-decreases-1662742.html
Download the full report: map_cci-v5.pdf (pdf 3,2 mb)
What is the Atlas?
The Contraception Atlas is a map that scores 45 countries throughout geographical Europe on access to modern contraception.
The rankings -- which are based on access to contraceptive supplies, family planning counseling and online information -- reveal a very uneven picture across Europe.
The European Parliamentary Forum on Population & Development (EPF) has produced the Atlas in partnership with Third-i, while experts in sexual and reproductive health and rights designed the methodology.
“Access to contraception should be a key concern of governments in empowering citizens to plan their families and lives. Yet every country we analysed should be doing more to improve access. Our findings show that for many European countries, ensuring that people have choice over their reproductive lives is not a priority.” commented Neil Datta, EPF Secretary.
Continued at source: European Parliamentary Forum on Population & Development: http://www.contraceptioninfo.eu/node/7