KENYA SOLIDARITY MESSAGES – Caroline Mwatha

Thank you for your message of solidarity with the Kenya activists and Caroline’s family. It has now been confirmed that she died of excessive bleeding from a botched abortion. A lot is still not clear and the police are said to be continuing with investigations. Please see below for more of the statements of solidarity that have been received so far.   SENT BY: Center for Reproductive Rights, Nairobi, 15 February 2019

KENYA – Caroline Mwatha, human rights defender, found dead: family challenges claim of dangerous abortion as the cause

Caroline Mwatha, a Kenyan activist whose work involved lobbying against extra judicial killings by police, had been missing for a week before a mortuary came forward to say they had her body. Amnesty International had raised the alarm over her disappearance. A police source said that she had died at a clinic where she had gone for an abortion. The owner of the clinic and a doctor came forward and admitted that “they took the … Continued

KENYA – We all need comprehensive sex education

“Human beings are a complex and multi-dimensional species. We have biological, physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual selves, all integrated into one person. We are also blessed with a sexual self, which is not an isolated identity, but intertwined with the rest of our ‘selves’. Somehow, however, sexuality is often treated as some unfortunate side effect of being human – something to fear, something never to speak of except in hushed tones, something everyone is … Continued

KENYA – Marie Stopes Kenya post-abortion care services banned, then permitted again

On 14 November 2018, Marie Stopes Kenya was ordered to suspend post-abortion care services by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board, who said they acted after complaints from members of the public that the law was being violated. In a statement in response, Marie Stopes Kenya said they remained open and would continue offering essential family planning, maternal health and general medical services. In the following weeks, Kenyans online began pleading with Health Cabinet … Continued

POST-ABORTION CARE – Health Systems’ Capacity to Provide Post-Abortion Care: A Multi-Country Analysis Using Signal Functions

There are critical gaps in the provision of post-abortion care at all facilities that offer delivery services. In seven (70%) of ten countries, less than 10% of primary-level facilities could provide basic post-abortion care, and in eight (80%) of ten countries less than 40% of referral-level facilities could provide comprehensive post-abortion care. In no country could all referral facilities provide all the essential services that need to be included in basic post-abortion care.

KENYA – How con-men are minting millions in risky abortion procedures

Carol, 20, almost became a statistic because of an orgasm. “I had to get rid of the pregnancy. I am still waiting to join college and my parents would have been mad had they known,” she said. A friend advised her to visit a private doctor, where she was charged a consultation fee of Sh3, 000. “I was then given options. Pills would have costed me Sh10, 000, while the charge for a surgical procedure … Continued

KENYA – The staggering cost of treating unsafe abortions in Kenya

Policymakers in Kenya are being confronted by the harsh reality of the staggering cost of treating unsafe abortions. According to a research by the Ministry of Health, which was published in February 2018, the treatment of unsafe abortion complications cost the public health system a total of Ksh 432.7 million (approximately US$ 5.1 million) in health personnel salaries and medical supplies in 2012. Rift Valley and Western regions saw the greatest amounts of money spent … Continued

KENYA – Health Ministry in the dock as girl’s death from unsafe abortion and poor post-abortion care is announced

FIDA Kenya and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) Kenya have been in court this month once again, for the continuation of the case they filed challenging the decision by the Ministry of Health to withdraw the Standards and Guidelines for Reducing Morbidity & Mortality from Unsafe Abortion in Kenya 2012 in December 2013. They were also representing a petition on behalf of an adolescent girl called JMM who in 2014, at the age of … Continued

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