Microcephaly in infants of people with Zika virus declining in Brazil

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The headline in the Washington Post on 7 February was: “The panic is over at Zika’s epicenter. But for many, the struggle has just begun.” However; cases have not disappeared, even though the numbers have fallen, and families are coping with the children who were born, as the article reports with many examples.

As many as 70% of Recife’s inhabitants contracted Zika in 2015 and 2016, according to Pedro Pires, an obstetrician-gynaecologist who specializes in Zika. However, that high rate of infection likely prevented a revival of the epidemic in recent months because most of the population has become immune.

Improving access to safe abortion in a rural primary care setting in India

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Background: Abortion services were legalized in India in 1972, however, the access to safe abortion services is restricted, especially in rural areas. In 2002, medical abortion using mifepristone- misoprostol was approved for termination of pregnancy, however, its use has been limited in primary care settings.

The Association of Women Jurists of Senegal Pressure Government

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The Association of Women Jurists of Senegal continue to put pressure on the government for abortion to be legalised following rape and incest. Some 250 cases of rape of girls aged 13 to 18 years which led to a pregnancy in 52 cases were reported in the first 11 months of 2016 in Senegal. Of those, at least 25 were cases of incest followed by pregnancy, yet abortion on the grounds of rape and incest is not permitted.

USA: Women seeking out birth control that can outlast a presidency

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In the past few months, before and after Trump took office, both Planned Parenthood in Washington DC and several private gynaecologists who provide birth control methods who were interviewed by the Washington Post have said that women have been visiting their offices more than usual specifically to ask about birth control. An increase in the use of IUDs and implants has been taking place for some time, but now women are worried about losing benefits.

Recent trends in pre-marital fertility across sub-Saharan Africa

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The rising age of first marriage across sub-Saharan Africa over the past 25 years has led many scholars to predict a concurrent increase in pre-marital childbearing. We examine whether this anticipated increase has materialized using data from 27 countries. Our results reveal considerable heterogeneity. Although levels of pre-marital fertility have risen by up to 13% in recent years in some African countries, other countries have experienced a 7% decline.

Special Announcement: Symposium on Brazilian abortion ruling

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Late last year, in an historic ruling for the region, the First Chamber of the Supreme Court of Brazil held that a criminal prohibition on obtaining an abortion before the end of the first trimester violates the fundamental rights of women as well as the principle of proportionality. Writing for the majority, Justice Luís Roberto Barroso wrote that “women bear alone the integral burden of pregnancy.”

Facilitating women’s access to misoprostol through community-based advocacy in Kenya and Tanzania

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In 2012, the Public Health Institute and Ipas conducted an operations research study, providing small grants to 28 community-based organizations in Kenya and Tanzania to disseminate information on the correct use of misoprostol for both abortion and post-partum hemorrhage. These groups were connected to pharmacies selling misoprostol. The primary outcomes of the intervention were reports from the community-based organizations regarding the health education strategies that they had developed and implemented to educate their communities.

Home use of misoprostol for early medical abortion in a low-resource setting in India

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Although home use of misoprostol for early medical abortion is considered to be safe, effective and feasible, it has not become standard service delivery practice [in India]. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy, safety, and acceptability of home use of misoprostol as compared to clinic misoprostol in a low-resource setting.

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