TANZANIA – Tanzania arresting pregnant schoolgirls and gay men and putting other restrictions on freedom of speech and human rights

According to a UNFPA report, a sixth of Tanzania’s female population aged 15–19 have fallen pregnant. In Tanzania, girls who fall pregnant are forced to leave school. This situation got even worse in March 2018 when five schoolgirls, along with their parents, were arrested because the girls had fallen pregnant, although they were then released on bail. The boys involved ran away and were also being hunted down. These arrests follow an order issued by … 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.

TANZANIA – Tanzania promised that everyone should have the opportunity to get a high school diploma, except if you’re a pregnant teenage girl

The Citizen, a daily newspaper, reported on 10 September 2018 that, on 9 September, Tanzanian President John Magufuli urged Tanzanian women to “give up contraceptive methods” because the country needs more people. “You have cattle. You are big farmers. You can feed your children. Why then resort to birth control? This is my opinion. I see no reason to control births in Tanzania… I have travelled to Europe and elsewhere and have seen the harmful … Continued

Post-abortion care and family planning are deeply attached to my heart

by Grace Lusiola, Project Director, Post-Abortion Care Family Planning Project, EngenderHealth, Tanzania Many years ago, I lost my mother. She was only 37 years old, she died when she was having the ninth pregnancy. Not that she really had the children too close, but the fact  that she started earlier and she continued when she didn’t really want more children. She continued to have kids because there was no family planning. And when she got … Continued

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

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.

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