Right and Access for Women to Safe Abortion in the Middle East & North Africa Region – Meeting Report

On the 15-16 April 2019, the Groupe Tawhida Ben Cheikh, Tunisia, with funding from the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion and the Safe Abortion Action Fund, brought together 17 NGO representatives from eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to discuss regional advocacy strategy on safe abortion and capacity building.

STOP PRESS – The new WHO Essential Medicines List has just been published

Updates to the mifepristone-misoprostol combi-pack listing include:  Mifepristone-misoprostol have been moved from the Complementary List to the Core Model List of Essential Medicines.  An asterisk has been removed that stated that close medical supervision is required for administration of mifepristone-misoprostol for medical abortion. Dosage form included for the combi-pack containing: mifepristone 200 milligram tablet [1] and misoprostol 200 microgram tablet [4]. Not changed in new list:  The statement “where permitted under national law and where … Continued

RWANDA – Medical Students for Choice promotes knowledge among future health care providers of abortion

Medical Students for Choice is a network of over 10,000 medical students and residents around the world. In Rwanda, a 4th year medical student at the University of Rwanda recalls that since childhood, she has been hearing elders describe abortion as a crime and a taboo, and has shied away whenever the subject comes up among her peers, most of whom she says feel the same. As a result of such experiences, in 2012, a … Continued

CÔTE D’IVOIRE – AIBEF director pleads for legalisation of abortion without exception to prevent high mortality rate

On 19 June 2019, in Ouangolodougou, the Ivorian Association for Family Welfare (AIBEF) presented a plea for the legalisation of abortion in order to promote the free access of the people to quality of care in the respect of sexual rights without discrimination. AIBEF’s executive director, Dr Allo Richard, said that the high mortality rate among pregnant women is due to unsafe abortions. He called for legalising abortion to allow all women without exception to … Continued

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