EUROPE – An app which advises young women whether they can avoid pregnancy based on daily body temperature leads to… young women GETTING PREGNANT!

A fancy app which was certified as a contraceptive method in Europe by the German medicines agency Tüv Süd, based on its claim to be 93% effective, has been found to be leading to many unintended pregnancies. In January 2018, it was reported for investigation to the Swedish Medical Products Agency after one hospital found 37 cases of pregnancies in women using it among 668 women seeking abortions in a three-month period in late 2017. … Continued

UNITED KINGDOM –  Dramatic decline in teenage pregnancies in the UK

A new report, Social media, SRE and Sensible Drinking: Understanding the dramatic decline in teenage pregnancy, by Bpas, published in July 2018, examined key trends in teenage lifestyles and outlook, as well as young people’s experience of sex and relationships education (SRE) and use of contraception. It is based on qualitative and quantitative research conducted by YouGov and Bpas with four online focus groups and a demographically weighted survey of 1,004 16-18 year olds. The report’s … Continued

MALAWI – Efforts supported by UNICEF to reduce teenage pregnancy in rural Thyolo District in order to reduce stillbirths and newborn deaths

In May 2018, “Rachel” was a Standard 5 pregnant school drop-out. At the age of 15, she is already facing pregnancy complications befitting the age of her mother. It is over three months now since she walked into the maternity ward at Thyolo District Hospital to await her labour. When she arrived, the nurses told her that she would only deliver through caesarean section. The subsequent experience vindicated her fright. Fear haunts her. Discharge of … Continued

NAMIBIA – Consultation on policy to reduce teen pregnancy reveals criticism because it isn’t working

In May 2018, five months into the school calendar year, the Oshana and Ohangwena regions have recorded 232 pregnancies, some in girls as young as age 14. The parliamentary standing committee on gender equality, social development and family affairs released these figures during consultative meetings held in the region, where they sought input from pupils, teachers, parents and other community members on teenage pregnancies. This took place after Popular Democratic Movement parliamentarian Elma Dienda had … Continued

ETHIOPIA – The new Michu Clinic, Adama Hospital Medical College, Adama

In one room, a line of young women – accompanied by men and in some cases their mothers – await vaccinations for their newborns. In two more rooms down the terrace, midwives provide post-natal care to women who have just given birth. And in a nearby recovery room, six women rest in comfortable beds following safe second trimester abortions. This is another normal day at the recently-opened Michu (which means ‘comfort’ in Amharic) Clinic at … Continued

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