KENYA – Covid-19: The action plan and new hotline of the Reproductive Health Network Kenya

In Kenya, there are 587 health care providers all around the country who have been trained and supported by the Reproductive Health Network Kenya (RHNK). These providers are committed to offering quality reproductive health services, including safe abortion, to their clients. They provide these services to all who need them, without judgment. The global Covid-19 pandemic is now challenging them in new ways, yet they continue to find a way to ensure safety and choice … Continued

MAMA NETWORK VIDEO

The Mama Network (@themamanetwork) is a collaboration of grassroots activists and feminist groups based in sub-Saharan Africa. They conducted a study with community leaders and health workers in five countries to assess the impact of self-managed abortion in communities. In this video, community members shared their preference for medical abortion over other abortion methods. WATCH THE VIDEO !!

ALGERIA – Three providers of clandestine abortion and a pregnant woman charged

At the beginning of June, Algerian police arrested a group of four people alleged to be involved in clandestine abortions in the province of Saida, in the west of Algeria, according to the Arabic-language newspaper El Khabar. It began when the security services received a complaint about three women, including a receptionist in the emergency department of the local hospital, suspected of providing abortions in an apartment in the city. After a search of the … Continued

URUGUAY/SOUTH AFRICA – Abortion, health and gender stereotypes: a critical analysis of the Uruguayan and South African abortion laws through the lens of human rights

“…Undoubtedly, abortion is a human rights issue. But, when we talk about abortion and human rights, what do we talk about? Who do we talk about? When a topic is paradoxically so taboo and so common, so prevalent and so widely restricted, it is difficult to decide where our starting point should be. There are, indeed, multiple ways of critically grappling with the topic of abortion. This thesis critically analyses domestic laws that are considered ‘good laws’, using a human rights-based approach to health and engaging with broader societal concerns of power relations – gender stereotypes, more specifically…”

FEATURE: NIGERIA – Reproductive Health Information Hotline: an intervention towards addressing women’s challenges within the Covid-19 outbreak

In Nigeria, where abortion is legally restricted except to save a woman’s life, the Covid-19 pandemic has led to more limited and complicated sexual reproductive health and abortion services. As the spread of the virus increases quite quickly, the number of people who test positive has been increasing daily. Schools, companies and society have implemented the lockdown strategy in both the formal and informal sectors, including the recommendation to work from home (for office workers) to limit the pandemic. Almost 200 million people, 49% of them women, stocked their homes with goods for more than four weeks, as a strategy to prevent the spread of the virus. In this situation, GIWYN has continued to manage the Ms Rosy Hotline, working from home to increase access to reproductive health information and services. Access to information on effective contraception, abortion options and essential medicines is one of the most cost-effective, practical community interventions that will help to reduce unintended pregnancy and deaths that are preventable. For women to have access to the reproductive health services they need, the hotline has become vital, particularly with the health care system overburdened.

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