Expanding Family Planning Access In Nigeria To Reduce Maternal Mortality

By Chioma Umeha
On Sep 2, 2022

Studies have shown that expanding access to and use of family planning as a method of reducing unplanned pregnancies would help countries with high maternal mortality to curb the menace.

Unfortunately, access to and usage of contraceptives is still poor in some African countries, like Nigeria. Nearly 1.3 million unplanned births occurred in Nigeria in 2018, according to the 2018 Global Family Planning Report, while only 13.8 percent of Nigerian women used contraception during the same period.

Continued: https://independent.ng/expanding-family-planning-access-in-nigeria-to-reduce-maternal-mortality/

Dealing with Unplanned Pregnancies

Published On April 11, 2022

Despite modern, effective contraception being widely available, half of all pregnancies are unplanned and many are unwanted.

According to the United Nations Population Fund Agency (UNFPA) State of the World Population Report for 2022, this state of affairs is a reminder of how many people, especially women and girls, are limited in exercising their basic rights.

Continued: http://www.times.co.zm/?p=116404

Uganda – Health Experts Spell Out Measures to Tackle Unsafe Abortions amidst COVID-19

Esther Makula
October 20, 2021

Covid-19 lockdowns have led to a spike in unplanned pregnancies, increasing the risk of unsafe abortions especially among teenage girls, health experts have said.

Data for the first half of 2021 by the District Health Information Software 2 (DHIS2) showed that 22% of all abortion cases reported during that period were among adolescents aged 10-19.

Continued: https://chimpreports.com/health-experts-spell-out-measures-to-tackle-unsafe-abortions-amidst-covid-19/

Kenya – To reduce maternal deaths, birth control is key

By Spencer Anyango
October 9th 2021

About 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth complications around the world everyday with nearly all the deaths occuring in developing countries, a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) report indicated.

In Kenya, the maternal mortality rate currently stands at 362 out of every 100,000 live births. 

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/opinion/article/2001425737/to-reduce-maternal-deaths-birth-control-is-key

India – Unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions on the rise in Bihar

Sheezan Nezami / TNN
May 27, 2021

PATNA: Covid-19 pandemic has hit women hard when it comes to their reproductive health. The pandemic has led to rise in number of unplanned pregnancy and unsafe abortion cases, putting health of women at risk. A study has also revealed that several women had to compromise abortion due to the pandemic.

City-based obstetricians and gynaecologists too said some patients approached them after trying unsafe abortions at home. Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Arvind Hospital, Dr Neelam, said the number of such cases increased manifold during the pandemic.

Continued: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/unplanned-pregnancies-unsafe-abortions-on-the-rise-in-bihar/articleshow/82984232.cms

Family Being: Curbing Escalating Rate Of Unplanned Pregnancies In Nigeria

May 8, 2021

By The Society For Media Advocacy On Health,

Unplanned pregnancies, which is referred to a pregnancy that is either
unintended which occurred when no children or no more children were desired, or
is mistimed, occurred earlier than desired has been escalating in Nigeria

The 2018 global family planning report showed that Nigeria recorded over 1.3
million unplanned pregnancies in 2018 and only 13.8 percent of Nigerian women
use contraceptives within the period.

Continued: https://leadership.ng/family-being-curbing-escalating-rate-of-unplanned-pregnancies-in-nigeria/

Nigeria – Family Planning: Benefits Of Pregnancy, Child Birth By Choice

May 1, 2021

Recently, Austine Ohenhen, a man who fled his home in
Benin, Edo State, on hearing that his wife, Rita, had given birth to a set of
quadruplets blamed the current economic situation in the country for his

Austin and his wife, Rita already had five children before the arrival of the
quadruplets. The former engineer now turned farmer told the media that he did
not have the money to take up the huge additional responsibilities the birth of
the new babies would put on him.

Continued: https://leadership.ng/family-planning-benefits-of-pregnancy-child-birth-by-choice/

Southeast Asia – Less Contraception Use In A Pandemic?

Athira Nortajuddin
15 March 2021

Just last year when over half of humanity was confined to their homes due to COVID-19 preventive measures, Karex, a Malaysian contraceptives manufacturer predicted a global condom shortage as the pandemic shuttered factories and disrupted supply chains.

This came as Malaysia, one of the world’s top rubber producers and a major source of condoms, imposed a nationwide lockdown – known locally as the Movement Control Order (MCO). The MCO was implemented sometime in mid-March 2020 for several months.

Continued: https://theaseanpost.com/article/less-contraception-use-pandemic

Chile’s Government Gave Out Flawed Birth Control Pills Which Caused Dozens of Unplanned Pregnancies

By Mary Anne Webber
Mar 04, 2021

The government of Chile has provided hundreds of thousands of defective birth control pills to women that resulted in at least 140 unplanned pregnancies.

The birth control pill packs, which went by the name of Anulette CD, were packaged incorrectly, with the sugar pills or placebo, in the place of the active pills.

Continued: https://www.latinpost.com/articles/149505/20210304/chile-government-flawed-birth-control-pills-unplanned-pregnancies.htm

Coronavirus baby boom or bust? How the pandemic is affecting birthrates worldwide.

By Miriam Berger
July 15, 2020

It has been five months — a bit more than half the length of an average pregnancy — since the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic.

With millions of people cut off from reproductive health care and stuck at home, some experts predicted that the crisis would create the conditions for a baby boom, at least in some countries. Other analysts predicted a baby bust, driven by economic and social instability.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/07/15/coronavirus-baby-boom-or-bust-how-pandemic-is-affecting-birthrates-worldwide/