THAILAND: Petition to the Department of Health to ensure that women can access safe abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Choices Network Thailand, Tamtang and other Thai NGOs have drafted a letter to the Thai Department of Health calling for access to contraception and safe abortion to be ensured during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is addressed to the Director of the Department of Health of Thailand. It calls on them to ensure women’s access to safe abortion, which has decreased in several places since the pandemic began. It proposes the following: ensure that women can … Continued

FEATURE: RUSSIAN FEDERATION – All eight federal districts in Russia providing abortions

Last week, we published a report that said abortion was available in only three of Moscow’s 44 public abortion clinics. We asked Campaign members from Russia what the situation is in the rest of the country. The following summarises reports from senior health policymakers and/or senior obstetrician-gynaecologists in all eight federal districts of the Russian Federation: by Galina Dikke Nationally, no one can provide pills for medical abortion using telemedicine in the Russian Federation, and … Continued

PAKISTAN – Lockdown baby boom no joke

Lately, we’ve been joking about a lockdown baby boom. The joke may turn sour a few months on when stay-at-home rules and boredom-induced intimacy between couples start resulting in the arrival of coronababies, coronials or quaranteens. It might sound cute and joyful, but it’s making many couples insecure — because it’s not the best time to get intimate. “Men are spending more time at home these days. They are under no pressure from work and … Continued

UGANDA – Maternal and newborn deaths in lockdown

Scovia Nakawooya’s baby died inside her as she struggled to reach a hospital on foot to give birth. She died hours later – one of at least seven women in labour to become casualties of Uganda’s Covid-19 lockdown, a rights group said. Fearful that the viral pandemic could overwhelm already overburdened hospitals, authorities have banned private transport without special authorisation. But in a poor country with few ambulances, the travel ban can be deadly for … Continued

KENYA – Covid-19 is cutting off Africa’s abortion access, reports Foreign Policy

The collapse of medical supply chains has been a catastrophe for women in developing countries. Lockdowns have made matters worse. When a mother of three, aged 27, missed her period in March, she felt her stomach sink with dread. She is a farmer in western Kenya; her husband is a motorcycle taxi driver. Together, they barely make enough to feed their family. Unable to care for another child, she visited a local health clinic, walking … Continued

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