The Director of Press and Media Development, Isaac Chipampe, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services in Zambia has urged both the private and public media to tone down their political rhetoric and focus more on writing stories about challenges that affect Zambians and information that educates citizens, especially on sexual and reproductive health – especially those that directly affect the most vulnerable members of society. He urged the media to create debate and discourse on … Continued
“Currently, many stakeholders are investing a lot in changing attitudes and behaviours rather than addressing the primary drivers of unsafe abortions among adolescent girls. Issues of gender inequality, sexual violence and coercion and poverty are often not given that much attention. Many efforts also fail to recognise the role of men and boys in addressing unsafe abortions among adolescent girls,” explains 22-year-old Robert Mumba, a peer educator and youth rights advocate. Mumba, who has … Continued
Although abortion is technically legal in Zambia, the reality is far more complicated. This study describes the process and results of galvanizing access to medical abortion where abortion has been legal for many years, but provision severely limited. It highlights the challenges and successes of scaling up abortion care using implementation science to document 2 years of implementation.
Country rankings on access to contraception in 45 European countries The Contraception Atlas at www.ContraceptionInfo.eu is a map that scores 45 countries in Europe on access to modern contraception. It was launched on 14 February in Brussels. The scores are based on access to contraceptive supplies, family planning counselling and online information. They reveal a very uneven picture across Europe. The European Parliamentary Forum on Population & Development (EPF) produced the Atlas in partnership with … Continued
Zambia has one of the most liberal abortion laws in sub-Saharan Africa. However, rates of unsafe abortion remain high with negative health and economic consequences. Little is known about the economic burden on women of abortion care-seeking in low income countries. This study demonstrates that despite liberal legislation, Zambia still needs better dissemination of the law to women and providers and resources to ensure abortion service access.
In Zambia safe abortions are inaccessible for many women, in spite of the country’s 1972 Abortion Act, which is seen by many as one of the most liberal in the world.
Ernestina Coast, Susan F Murray Social Science & Medicine 2016;153 (March):201–209 (open access) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953616300806 “Access to comprehensive reproductive health services, including safe abortion services within the law, is recognized as a basic human right, protected by a range of international human rights treaties and laws.” First Lady of Zambia, Dr. Christine Kaseba, 2013, Ipas documentary. http://www.ipas.org/en/News/2013/December/At-film-launch–Zambian-first-lady-calls-for-improved-access-to-safe–legal-abortion.aspx Abstract Zambia has among the most liberal abortion laws in sub-Saharan Africa; however, this alone does not guarantee access … Continued