Whistleblowing and patient safety during Covid-19

It has been rightly noted that health workers globally must be able to speak out during Covid-19, allowing them to draw public attention to inadequate personal protection equipment (PPE) supplies and unsafe working conditions, while being protected from censorship, attack, government intimidation, harassment, and arrest. But such systemic failure to provide health workers with the resources they need represents only one of numerous situations in which clinicians may consider raising the alarm. Health service whistleblowing procedures that are secure and robust are of paramount importance to patient safety, and must be strengthened and protected during Covid-19.

ANGOLA – Integrated health care programme for adolescents launched

Half of girls in Angola have already been pregnant by the age of 18, which restricts their education and opportunities, according to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Ana Paula do Sacramento, during a national conference on sexual and reproductive health in adolescents, in August 2018. In Angola, 73% of the population is under the age of 30. The risk of maternal death from pregnancy complications in young girls under the age of 20 is … Continued

Protest against bill in Angola parliament calling for 10-year prison sentence for abortion

It was reported on 17 March that Angola’s Parliament was scheduled to vote on a proposal to criminalise all abortions and imprison women who have abortions and people who perform them for up to 10 years. The change is part of wider reforms to the country’s criminal code, which dates back to 1886. The proposed revision allows no legal exceptions. The government had proposed amendments permitting abortion in cases of rape and if the woman’s … Continued

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