“This is the third post in our ‘Teen Voices’ series on GTHQ. We partnered with a non-profit organization called Women In Leadership (WIL), based out of Uganda, to help promote one of their initiatives. In the Teen Voices Program, … Continued
For the last two months, Reach a Hand and Trac FM have been engaged in a multi-sectoral media campaign calling on policy makers to commit to increasing the number of youth-friendly health facilities and to include monitoring of youth-friendly … Continued
In 2003, 294,000 induced abortions were estimated to occur each year in Uganda. In the first research on abortion incidence since then, data from 418 health facilities were used in 2013 to estimate the number and rate of induced abortion nationally and by major regions. The methodology used in both studies was comparable and permitted an assessment of trends between 2003 and 2013.
While female sex workers (FSWs) face a high burden of violence and criminalisation, coupled with low access to safe, non-coercive care, little is known about such experiences among FSWs in conflict-affected settings, particularly as they relate to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and rights
Among the recommendations the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) members made to the go
From a small, slummy village in the outskirts of Kisowera in Kawempe division, on the boundary of Kampala and Wakiso district in Uganda, many adolescent girls spend the whole day sleeping. Why? Because from 6pm in the evening, this small … Continued
The Development Charity Association (DECA) is a non-profit, non-denominational, apolitical, organization offering equal opportunities to all regardless of race, tribe, political beliefs, sexual inclination, religion and any form of societal stratification. The principle objective of DECA is campaigning, engaging stakeholders and actively participating in any activity that can reduce or eliminate any manner of stigmatization of any person or group of persons with particular emphasis on people who suffer social exclusion. DECA was founded in 2008 but had to operate without registration because of our conviction and beliefs until 2015, when we were finally registered as as a charity.
The Ministry of Health of Uganda has continued to consult on the issue of abortion law reform legislation and is expected to present a draft bill in Parliament shortly.
The report is a compilation of experiences of women and health service providers in regard to abortion. The authors’ hope is “that these voices have the power to create space for the rights holders and duty bearers to speak out on these key issues and bring about change. We believe that sharing these stories will strengthen the case for legislative reform and lead to a decrease in the high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity in the country as well as realization of the rights of women.”
“Abortion is a fact of life. It is estimated that over 300,000 illegal abortions are being performed in the country every year. With a maternal mortality ratio of 438 per 100,000 live births, more than a quarter (26 per cent) of these deaths is attributed to unsafe abortions; decriminalizing access to safe and legal abortion services in Uganda is key to reducing unnecessary deaths.”