Incomplete abortion can be treated more safely and less expensively in Malawi

  Incomplete abortion is one of the main causes of obstetric complications in Malawi. Surgical management with curettage is the most common treatment, despite WHO’s recommendation to use manual vacuum aspiration (MVA). Researchers are looking to see whether training health personnel in MVA can increase the use of this method. Misoprostol is the most commonly used treatment for incomplete abortion, including in many African countries. This option has not previously been available in Malawi, however, … Continued

Fake news in Malawi: anti-abortion language without the sugar coating

An article in February 2017 about celebrations by Banja La Mtsogolo of 30 years of providing reproductive health services in Malawi, reported that the group backed calls for legalisation of abortion in the country, arguing that many women are dying due to unsafe abortion. The comments section was dominated by Jesus is Lord. Here is what he and someone called Ichabod said: Jesus is Lord: “Abortion is murder. PERIOD! Banja La Mtsogolo are supporters of … Continued

Malawian civil society groups accuse religious leaders of hypocrisy in their opposition to abortion law reform

Prominent civil society organisations have responded to religious leaders who petitioned the Malawian Parliament in December 2016 against the proposed reforms on safe abortion, accusing them of double standards on the matter. The groups included the Malawi Human Rights Resource Center, NGO Gender Coordinating Network, Human Rights Consultative Committee, Center for Human Rights Rehabilitation and others. They also said they would publicly name and shame some religious leaders for their misdeeds, arguing that in fact … Continued

The abortion law reform bill in Malawi that is causing debate on all sides

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A study found that all Malawians understand that the problem of unsafe abortion exists. Different stakeholders were interviewed, including religious leaders, chiefs, young people, politicians, parliamentarians – and all of them agreed that this problem exists. They did however raise the challenge that it was a difficult subject to discuss publicly.

It is not possible to reduce maternal mortality in Africa without making abortions safe

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Not long after the Malawi Council of Churches expressed optimism that the faith community in Malawi would endorse the safe abortion bill waiting to be tabled in the country’s Parliament, doctors in the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship in Malawi urged government to critically reassess the proposed bill and stop its passage through Parliament.

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