In July 2018 a woman living in a Kampala suburb hired a 17-year-old maid. She soon noticed the maid tended to sleep a lot and was also using a lot of sanitary towels. A week later, the girl admitted she had abdominal pain, and there was growing evidence that she had intermittent bleeding from her vagina, including episodes of heavy bleeding. The woman made an appointment to take her to a gynaecologist. At first, the … Continued
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.
This paper provides the first estimate of the adolescent abortion rate in Uganda. Studies of adolescent abortion and reproductive health must account for sexual activity and marital status. Further, interventions to address unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion among unmarried women of all ages in Africa should be a priority.
Gladys Margaret‘s daughter, Gladys, was raped by a relative as a teenager and became pregnant. She did not tell her mother what had happened. Not wanting to have a child at such a young age conceived through incest, Gladys tried to terminate the pregnancy herself using local herbs but got an infection and died. “My name is Margaret and I am a widow. I lost my daughter in 2011. She was called Gladys and she … Continued
At a dialogue in March 2018 on the role of religion and culture in regulating sexual and reproductive health and rights, organised by CEHURD, Dr Charles Kiggundu reported that women over the age of 40 are increasingly accessing abortion services, as many as 4 in 10 women who go to Mulago Hospital in Kampala
For more than a year now, the US government has imposed and expanded the Global Gag Rule. It now applies to all US global health assistance, drastically magnifying its potential harmful effects on women and communities around the world. PAI has a long history of documenting the impact of the Global Gag Rule on the health and rights of women and girls. To this end, they conducted two fact-finding trips in the autumn of 2017 … Continued
As Uganda joined the rest of the world to mark the International Day of the Girl Child last week, the recent decision by the State Minister for Primary Healthcare, Ms Joyce Moriku, to halt the release of newly developed National Guidelines and Standards for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, was sharply criticised. On 28 September this year, perhaps not even knowing it was International Safe Abortion Day, she reportedly said that the Health … Continued
Access to safe and legal abortion services is a far reach for women and girls in Uganda. Although unsafe abortion rates have fallen from 54 to 39 per 1,000 women aged 15–45 years over a decade, absolute figures show a rise from 294,000 in 2003 to 314,000 women having unsafe abortions in 2013.
“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, they encourage high school girls in the rural town of Busembatia to write article about their lives, and the challenges they face as females in a largely patriarchal society. These stories are then published online, … 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 health services in the national Adolescent Health Policy. They also conducted three polls that had 9,506 responses in total, complimented by an online expert discussion on Telegram to discuss issues affecting young people. Here is … Continued