SELF-MANAGED ABORTION – Self-management of medical abortion: a qualitative evidence synthesis

Medical abortion is a method of pregnancy termination that by its nature enables more active involvement of women in the process of managing, and sometimes even administering the medications for, their abortions. This qualitative evidence synthesis reviewed the global evidence on experiences with, preferences for, and concerns about greater self-management of medical abortion with lesser health professional involvement. We focused on qualitative research from multiple perspectives on women’s experiences of self-management of first trimester medical abortion (< 12 weeks gestation).

TELEMEDICINE – Telemedicine for developing countries: a survey and some design issues

Developing countries need telemedicine applications that help in many situations, when physicians are a small number with respect to the population, when specialized physicians are not available, and when patients and physicians in rural villages need assistance in the delivery of health care. Moreover, the requirements of telemedicine applications for developing countries are somewhat more demanding than for developed countries. Indeed, further social, organizational, and technical aspects need to be considered for successful telemedicine applications in developing countries.

UGANDA – Constitutional Court is the first African court to declare maternal health a constitutional right

Congratulations to Moses Mulumba (above), Director of the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) and three co-petitioners who, after nine years of dedication and perseverance, have received a favourable interpretation from the Constitutional Court of Uganda at Kampala. The Constitutional Court found a violation of the rights to health, life, gender equality and freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment in the preventable deaths in childbirth of two women, Sylvia Nalubowa and Jennifer Anguko, … Continued

BRAZIL – Government imposes new restrictions on abortion for rape victims

Brazil allows abortion only in cases of rape, danger to the woman’s life or anencephaly. Two weeks after anti-abortion activists surrounded a hospital to try to stop a 10-year-old girl, who had been sexually abused for four years, from legally terminating a pregnancy resulting from the abuse, new regulations for rape victims seeking an abortion were published in the official gazette by the interim health minister, Eduardo Pazuello, an active-duty army general. The new regulations … Continued

ECUADOR – First ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on state responsibility for sexual abuse of adolescents and death of a student in Ecuador

From 2001 to 2002, Paola del Rosario Guzmán Albarracín, a student at a public high school in Guayaquil, Ecuador, was sexually harassed and seduced by the vice-principal, after having requested his help to improve her declining academic performance. When she appeared to be pregnant, the vice-principal urged her to terminate the pregnancy and requested the school doctor to provide an abortion. The physician agreed to carry out the procedure, but expected Paola to have sexual … Continued

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