Domesticate International Legal Frameworks on Women Health Rights, Nigerian Govt Urged

August 31, 2020

Nigerian government has been urged to domesticate all international and regional legal frameworks that promote Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (WSRH&R).

This was one of the outcomes of a three-day workshop for journalists on the Global Gag Rule (GGR) and its implications on women’s health.

Continued: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2020/08/31/domesticate-international-legal-frameworks-on-women-health-rights-nigerian-govt-urged/


Deaths from unsafe abortions increasing in Nigeria – Ipas

On July 26, 2020

Hundreds of Nigerian women die every day of complications arising from unsafe abortions, an international NGO, Ipas, says.

Country Director of Ipas (Nigeria), Mr Lucky Palmer, said this on Sunday at a three-day “Media Training for Journalists on Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights/Global Gag Rule’’, in Keffi, Nasarawa State.

Continued: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/07/death-from-unsafe-abortions-increasing-in-nigeria-ipas/  


Côte d’Ivoire – Fear of an explosion of unwanted pregnancy

July 22, 2020

International Campaign for Safe Abortion

Dr Sosthène Dougrou, regional director for Francophone Africa of Ipas, has
expressed fears of an increase in unwanted pregnancies in Côte d'Ivoire in view
of the drop in usage of sexual and reproductive health services for
contraception during the Covid-19 pandemic. ​​He
was speaking during a meeting in Abidjan of a group of civil society
organisations, whose aim was to create a community partnership to urge the
government to implement the Maputo Protocol.

He said there has not yet been an in-depth study, but attendance rates at
health services have greatly decreased due to difficulties getting there and
because the emphasis is on preparing for Covid-19 cases. He called on the state
to keep an eye on contraceptive needs and for concrete action to address sexual
and reproductive health care, especially for family planning and safe abortion.
Each year in Côte d'Ivoire, between 210,000 women and 290,000 women have
abortions, of whom many die.

SOURCE: http://apanews.net/index.php/news/acces-aux-contraceptifscovid-19-crainte-dexplosion-de-grossesses-non-desirees-en-cote-divoire/,
by APA Abidjan, 3 July 2020, in Revue de presse internationale, MFPF, 16 July
2020 (en français)


As Rwanda frees women arrested on abortion charges, questions come on abortion rights in Africa

As Rwanda frees women arrested on abortion charges, questions come on abortion rights in Africa

Nii Ntreh
May 21, 2020

The president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, has pardoned some 50 women who were arrested and prosecuted for the offenses of either having an abortion or assisting in the process.

This follows another 52 who were released last year for the same crime. The country’s Justice Minister, Johnston Busingye, said the most recent release consists of the last batch of women prosecuted for the termination of pregnancies.

Continued: https://face2faceafrica.com/article/as-rwanda-frees-women-arrested-on-abortion-charges-questions-come-on-abortion-rights-in-africa


Uganda – Abortion in marriages is rising up

Abortion in marriages is rising up

DAVID MAFABI | PML Daily Senior Staff Writer
March 26, 2020

MBALE – When Ms Sarah Nambozo got married, she had her family life planned out well. This is because she did not want to produce too early, too soon, too often and too late.

Her plan and target was to have three children and remain at her workplace stable by the age of 35. And everything had gone according to the plan by the time she gave birth to her third born in February 2017.

continued: https://www.pmldaily.com/features/2020/03/abortion-in-marriages-is-rising-up.html


CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC – The authorities address unsafe abortion

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC – The authorities address unsafe abortion (text in English and French)
Les autorités s’attaquent à l’IVG non médicalisée

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Jan 28, 2020

En Centrafrique, le gouvernement s’attaque à la mortalité maternelle et infantile. Des assises se sont tenues cette semaine pour étudier la question. Les chiffres sont effrayants : 1/3 de la mortalité maternelle est causée par des interruptions volontaires de grossesses non médicalisées (882 décès de femmes pour 100 000 naissances).

In the Central African Republic, unsafe abortions are the leading cause of maternal mortality. Abortion is illegal and punishable by several years’ imprisonment. Only therapeutic abortion under certain conditions is legal. Assizes were held this week to study the question. The figures: one-third of maternal mortality is caused by unsafe abortions (MMR: 882 deaths per 100,000 live births). Each day, six women die as a result of their pregnancy or childbirth; this is why the government has launched an analysis to adapt its policy.

Health Minister Pierre Somse said: “It is only because of the criminal nature of the law on termination of pregnancy that most women hide and therefore hide to die.” He has called for a new law to reduce maternal deaths, better sex education and better access to family planning methods. He said:

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/central-african-republic-the-authorities-address-unsafe-abortion/


Zambia – UNFPA warns against unsafe pregnancies

UNFPA warns against unsafe pregnancies

December 25, 2019
NOMSA NKANA, Lusaka

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has warned against unsafe abortion which could lead to injury, disability or death among women and girls.

UNFPA says there is therefore need to raise awareness among women and clinicians that there is, however, abortion legislation in Zambia that allows women to seek safe abortions at health centres.

Continued: http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/unfpa-warns-against-unsafe-pregnancies/


Si Jeunesse Savait promotes sexual and reproductive health and rights in DRC

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Si Jeunesse Savait promotes sexual and reproductive health and rights in DRC

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Nov 12, 2019

Gynaecologist Denis Mukwege has highlighted the suffering of women victims of rape in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). But the cruelty of the rapes committed in the context of war must not allow us to forget the daily need for access to reproductive rights.

In Kinshasa, Si Jeunesse Savait (If Youth Knew,SJS) plays an important role in providing young women with reproductive health information and support, in a country where the most basic rights are often not respected. SJS, a partner of the Belgian NGO Le Monde for Women, also offers support to young victims of violence because of their sexual orientation.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/drc-si-jeunesse-savait-promotes-sexual-reproductive-health-rights/


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


Uganda – Let us act against teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortions

Let us act against teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortions
These are serious public health, human rights and social equity dilemmas that must be addressed

Added 30th September 2019
By Umar Wewala

One in every four teenage girls in Uganda aged 15-19 years is a mother a child or pregnant. 42% of all the pregnancies among adolescents in Uganda are unintended.

Under the existing restrictive SRHR environment, a significant number of these pregnancies end up in unsafe abortions or culminate into pregnancy complications, sometimes leading to death.

Continued: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1507768/us-act-teenage-pregnancy-unsafe-abortions