Uma (not her name) residing in Bajura district underwent two unsafe abortions and had to visit Bayalpata Hospital in Aacham district for treatment. This time around, however, she had an abortion at the local Devalsen Health Centre, because a safe abortion service has been launched there, in the village. Like Uma, the majority of women hesitated to seek safe abortion care at the district Bayalpata Hospital, which involved a two-day journey, even though they were … Continued
Nepal has always demonstrated its commitment to women’s rights, and has been a pioneer in South Asia in recognising, protecting and fulfilling women’s rights. We appeal to the government to continue treading this progressive path, and uphold women’s SRHR during these turbulent times where we are witnessing a massive push back and regression of women’s rights globally.
The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) has been working since 1993 to champion women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Their January 2017 e-newsletter, Issue 1, highlights five short videos on SRHR issues in Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, and Philippines. We highlight two of them here, which are on safe abortion in Cambodia and Nepal, both countries that have legalised early abortions, highlighting the fact that many women are not yet aware of this.
More than a year after announcing that abortion would be available free of cost, the government of Nepal has set aside Rs 32 million for the fiscal year 2016-17 to start the service. Preparation included collecting data on the number of abortion services seekers. “Once it is complete, we will pass it to Ministry of Finance; after that, we will be able to start the service. It might take around two to three more weeks.”
On 11 September 2016, the Himalayan Times published an article making a series of claims that were very problematic, while offering no evidence for its claims. Awareness-raising sessions with journalists that provide them with accurate and evidence-based information and share ideas about how to investigate and report experiences like these in a critical way can help to influence and inform public thinking.
Despite having five of its districts on the list of the top ten districts in Nepal in terms of public health facilities, the far-west region still shows a very high number of illegal abortions, and the number appears to be on the rise in all districts of the region.
An interactive session at Women Deliver highlighted the new WHO guideline, Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception, and introduced SERAH, a working group taking collective action towards its dissemination and implementation.