This May 28, join women’s rights activists around the world in calling on governments and the international community to ensure a rights-based, just, and sustainable approach to the Covid-19 pandemic.
For the first time in the post-war history of epidemics, there is a reversal of which countries are most heavily affected by a disease pandemic. By early May, 2020, more than 90% of all reported deaths from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) have been in the world’s richest countries; if China, Brazil, and Iran are included in this group, then that number rises to 96%. The rest of the world—historically far more used to being depicted … Continued
Even as health workers scramble to contain raging COVID-19 epidemics across the globe, a host of services for other infectious diseases such as cholera, Ebola, measles, and polio are simultaneously being disrupted. While Covid-19 has infected millions and claimed more than 250,000 lives, experts are warning that the impact of other diseases neglected due to the pandemic may be just as significant in the months and years to come. Lockdowns and travel restrictions have resulted … Continued
On 10 April 2020, the Ministry of Health of Mexico issued guidelines for maternal healthcare during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium as well as newborn care. These services are considered essential and safe abortion care in line with the law is included. These guidelines are focused on care for those with Covid-19 infection, confirmed or suspected. The following is a translation from Spanish of excerpts from the introduction and the section related to safe abortion … Continued
On 8 May, the Bombay High Court permitted a 16-year-old rape survivor to undergo medical termination of her 24-and-half-week pregnancy after her father filed a petition. The Court said: “In view of her history and the fact that teenage pregnancy carries a risk of higher mental and physical morbidity and mortality, medical termination of pregnancy has been recommended by the medical board.” The order was passed via a videoconference hearing. The plea had sought urgent orders during the ongoing lockdown and the state and centre supported its urgency. The girl was then 23 weeks pregnant.