SFBLSP Backstreet abortion a reality in Burundi: report of a survey The group Solidarité des Femmes Burundaises pour la Lutte contre le SIDA et le Paludisme (SFBLSP Burundi) celebrated 28 September by reporting on a survey they conducted in four provinces of the country, including Bubanza, Cibitoke, Bujumbura and Bujumbura city. It found that the numbers of unsafe abortions is increasing year after year with serious consequences. The figures come from different health centres; the … Continued
In Kenya, abortion is illegal unless it is authorised by a qualified health official when the health or life of the woman is at risk. In 2012, about 120,000 women were admitted to public hospitals and health centres for abortion-related complications, according to the Health Ministry, and an estimated 266 Kenyan women die per 100,000 unsafe abortions annually.
The Ministry of Health of Uganda has continued to consult on the issue of abortion law reform legislation and is expected to present a draft bill in Parliament shortly.
Not long after the Malawi Council of Churches expressed optimism that the faith community in Malawi would endorse the safe abortion bill waiting to be tabled in the country’s Parliament, doctors in the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship in Malawi urged government to critically reassess the proposed bill and stop its passage through Parliament.
The bill proposes reform to ensure that women and girls are not dying of unsafe abortions complications. However the Chair of COPUA (Coalition to Prevent Unsafe Abortion) has noted that the new bill fails to provide enough grounds on which women and girls could seek safe abortion services.