Following on the fourth People’s Health Assembly of the global People’s Health Movement (PHM) concluded in Savar, Bangladesh on 19 November 2019, the PHM reiterates girls’ and women’s rights to health and life, to equality, and sexual and reproductive autonomy. The PHM stands in solidarity with the struggles in countries around the world where the right to abortion is banned, restricted or access to safe and quality abortion care inaccessible. FULL STATEMENT: by Peoples Health … 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.
Since August 2017, around 700,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee their homes in Myanmar due to ongoing violence and persecution. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), there are horrific accounts of rape and sexual assault against Rohingya women and girls fleeing Myanmar. After enduring so many hardships during their journey to Bangladesh’s refugee camps, many Rohingya women face an additional injustice: an unwanted pregnancy and little access to reproductive health care. Thousands … Continued
Rahima’s father never wanted her out of his sight. She and her sister were too young, too pretty, too vulnerable to be trusted among the men of her village in western Myanmar, not to mention the soldiers who roamed the region. “My father would beat us if we dared to go out by ourselves, or he’d beat our mother for allowing us to go out,” said Rahima, 15 years old. “He used to say there … Continued
The Share-Net Bangladesh team has promoted International Day on Safe Abortion on 28th September with an informative banner on abortion policy in Share-Net country nodes and an infographic on menstrual regulation (MR) and unsafe abortion in Bangladesh. The team has also published an interview on the starting of MR service in Bangladesh, major challenges and possible solutions with Quazi Suraiya Sultana, Executive Director, RHSTEP. According to the infographic they produced (Guttmacher data), there were 1,194,000 … Continued