ZIMBABWE – Inside the illegal abortion market: ‘I nearly touched hell’

TC was two months pregnant when she slipped the pink pills inside herself, lay down on her bed, and prayed they would do their job. They had to. She was 22. Her boyfriend, a foreign student in Zimbabwe on a scholarship, loved her fiercely. But he was broke. So was she. She lived with her cousin and didn’t have a job. A baby simply was not in the cards. For days, she tried to hide … Continued

ZIMBABWE – A community dialogue calls for legal abortion to reduce women’s deaths and unsafe procedures

A community dialogue in Bindura on abortion was organised by a consortium of NGOs, including Right Here, Right Now, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Real Open Opportunities Trust Support and Katswe Sisterhood in the last week of November 2018. Zimbabwe has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, estimated at 651 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births, in contrast to a declining worldwide trend. Members of the National Assembly from three … Continued

ZIMBABWE – Misoprostol: essential medication for post-abortion care stock-outs

Health facilities that are meant to offer post-abortion care in Zimbabwe are experiencing shortages of misoprostol, an essential medication for providing this service. Research conducted by Prof Tsungai Chipato, from the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, in conjunction with the Guttmacher Institute, the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care and the Women’s Action Group, showed that 55% of health facilities had run out of misoprostol, 35% had … Continued

ZIMBABWE- Teenagers are dying and lawmakers call for abortion law reform

Calls to amend Zimbabwe’s highly restrictive abortion law, dating back to 1977, are mounting amid growing awareness of the large number of teenage girls dying from backstreet abortions, activists say. According to UN data, Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality ratio of 443 deaths per 100,000 live births is triple that of South Africa, where abortion is legal. Abortion in Zimbabwe contributes about 16% of maternal deaths, according to Bernard Madzima, head of Family Health in the Health … Continued

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