CÔTE D’IVOIRE – The fight against clandestine abortions advances

In Côte d’Ivoire, it was announced on 21 February 2020 by Honorine Adou, President of Action Against Unwanted and At-Risk Pregnancy (AGnDR) that the law now authorises abortion of pregnancies resulting from rape. AGnDR is a part of a larger coalition of civil society organisations, the Civil Society Coalition for Reproductive Health and Family Planning, created in February 2019, who are working to reduce maternal mortality. They recently organised a three-day workshop that brought together … Continued

KENYA – The extended role of health facility cleaners in maternity care in Kenya

A growing body of evidence indicates that non-clinical health care facility staff provide support beyond their traditional roles, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. It is important to examine the role of health facility cleaners in Kenya – from their perspective – to better understand their actual and perceived responsibilities in maternity care.

BURKINA FASO – Sexual and reproductive health: ONIDS meets senior nurses and rural health officials

On 30 January 2020, l’Organisation pour les Nouvelles Initiatives en Développement et Santé (Organisation for New Initiatives in Development & Health, ONIDS), a youth organisation working with lawyers, held a workshop in collaboration with the Bogodogo Health District. The theme was achievements and perspectives on SRHR. It was attended by senior nurses of 16 Health and Social Promotion Centres (Centres de Santé et de Promotion Sociale/CSPS) from District 11, Ouagadougou, and the rural community of Saaba. The meeting … Continued

ZIMBABWE – Backstreet abortions in appalling conditions

Backstreet abortions are still being done in Zimbabwe using knitting needles, spoons, dishwashing liquid, dangerous pills and concoctions. They are putting the lives of hundreds of women at risk. A lot are dying and suffering in silence, while others do not seek medical help until it is too late. There are more than 60,000 unsafe abortions each year, half of them in adolescents. 16% percent of maternal deaths are due to unsafe abortions. The 2016 … Continued

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC – The authorities address unsafe abortion (text in English and French)

In the Central African Republic, unsafe abortions are the leading cause of maternal mortality. Abortion is illegal and punishable by several years’ imprisonment. Only therapeutic abortion under certain conditions is legal. Assizes were held this week to study the question.

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