This report was developed and produced by Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Educational Trust–Malawi (WLSA Malawi) and Godfrey Dalitso Kangaude, who is a Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Fellow at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic (IWHRC) at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, USA. It was adapted from a longer, multi-authored and supervised human rights report. In addition to this report, WLSA Malawi, Godfrey … Continued
This policy brief summarises a study of how adolescent access to contraception and abortion-related care is perceived and experienced by adolescents in urban Ethiopia, Malawi and Zambia. Interviews were conducted with 313 adolescents (10-19 years) who sought safe abortions or care for complications of an unsafe abortion. Interviews were done in one health centre and hospital in each country over almost two years in 2018-19. This is a summary of the key findings from 104 … Continued
In January 2016, the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights called for national laws on abortion to comply with its regional treaty agreements under the Maputo Protocol. In July 2016, the then new Association of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians of Malawi backed abortion law reform. and a report said that politicians, academics and civil society organisations were calling for speedy abortion law reform in the country because of the high rates of mortality and morbidity from … Continued
There are critical gaps in the provision of post-abortion care at all facilities that offer delivery services. In seven (70%) of ten countries, less than 10% of primary-level facilities could provide basic post-abortion care, and in eight (80%) of ten countries less than 40% of referral-level facilities could provide comprehensive post-abortion care. In no country could all referral facilities provide all the essential services that need to be included in basic post-abortion care.
In a hospital room in Thyolo, a southern Malawian town nestled in tea plantations, Ngellina Chikopa unwraps her sarong to reveal a long wound filled with pus. The cut stretches from her lower abdomen through her belly button and up past her stomach. The 18-year-old gave birth by caesarean section in April 2018, but the baby died of asphyxia after becoming stuck and suffering brain damage from lack of oxygen. While she was grieving, the wound became infected. … Continued