Malawi: “There are no laws that govern the anatomies of men…”

Human rights activists have urged the Malawian government to enact the abortion bill that was developed last year with the involvement of a Special Law Commission, which included representatives from all the main religious bodies, as well as representatives from … Continued

‘It’s a very complicated issue here’: understanding the limited and declining use of manual vacuum aspiration for post-abortion care in Malawi: a qualitative study

Unsafe abortions are an important contributor to Malawi’s maternal mortality and morbidity… Post-abortion care (PAC) aims to reduce adverse consequences of unsafe abortions, in part by treating incomplete abortions. Although global and national PAC policies recommend manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) for treatment of incomplete abortion, usage in Malawi is low and appears to be decreasing, with sharp curettage being used in preference.

Incomplete abortion can be treated more safely and less expensively in Malawi

  Incomplete abortion is one of the main causes of obstetric complications in Malawi. Surgical management with curettage is the most common treatment, despite WHO’s recommendation to use manual vacuum aspiration (MVA). Researchers are looking to see whether training health … Continued

Malawian civil society groups accuse religious leaders of hypocrisy in their opposition to abortion law reform

Prominent civil society organisations have responded to religious leaders who petitioned the Malawian Parliament in December 2016 against the proposed reforms on safe abortion, accusing them of double standards on the matter. The groups included the Malawi Human Rights Resource … Continued

The abortion law reform bill in Malawi that is causing debate on all sides

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A study found that all Malawians understand that the problem of unsafe abortion exists. Different stakeholders were interviewed, including religious leaders, chiefs, young people, politicians, parliamentarians – and all of them agreed that this problem exists. They did however raise the challenge that it was a difficult subject to discuss publicly.

It is not possible to reduce maternal mortality in Africa without making abortions safe

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Not long after the Malawi Council of Churches expressed optimism that the faith community in Malawi would endorse the safe abortion bill waiting to be tabled in the country’s Parliament, doctors in the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship in Malawi urged government to critically reassess the proposed bill and stop its passage through Parliament.

Politicians, academia, and civil society organisations call for speedy abortion law reforms in Malawi

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In August 2015, political parties endorsed abortion law reforms in Malawi as currently abortion is illegal and is punishable by a maximum of 14 years in jail except in cases where the pregnancy threatens the life of a woman. The bill is currently at Cabinet level but Members of Parliament have openly asked civil society for more civic education on the issue, as politicians are shy, they say, about speaking of the bill in their constituencies.

New Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Association of Malawi backs abortion law reform

The organisation’s President, Prof Frank Taulo, said their aim was to help to maintain high clinical and ethical standards and improving lives of Malawian women. Another objective is to encourage the highest standards of training in obstetrics and gynaecology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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