NEPAL – First, health workers must feel safe doing their jobs

If we want women to have access to abortion and contraceptive care during the pandemic, we must make sure health workers feel safe doing their jobs. Our Ipas team in Nepal recently saw this firsthand. At a health center in a rural district of Nepal, providers felt unsafe giving women contraceptive implants because they lacked personal protective equipment (PPE). They had started only offering condoms and contraceptive pills, limiting women’s options. One provider told the … Continued

NEPAL – Delivering critical reproductive health services during the pandemic

“Evidence shows that women and girls are disproportionately affected during any humanitarian situation and their health problems are often unmet, face violence and sometimes lead to the situation where their lives are in danger due to lack of medical care during childbirth, adoption of harmful practices in terminating unwanted pregnancies. To prevent these situations, the government should devise an alternate plan where women have full access to health service they need but at the same … Continued

NEPAL – Government of Nepal, agencies and NGOs ensuring services for abortion remain open

The Government of Nepal pledged a long time ago that safe abortion should be free to all women at the point of use. Now, they have once again demonstrated their commitment to promoting women’s right to safe abortion. After the 23 March nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, both clients and providers found it extremely difficult or impossible to access facilities providing safe abortion, which led to most of them closing. Marie Stopes Nepal’s contact centre saw an … Continued

CONTRACEPTION – three articles on medical abortions

Feasibility of a hospital outpatient day procedure for medication abortion at 13–18 weeks gestation: findings from Nepal  by Jennifer Blum, Chandra Karki, Anand Tamang, Tara Shichet, Achala Shresthra. Heera Tuladhar, Aruna Karki, Jyotsna Sharma, Dina F Abbas, Monica Dragoman, Beverly Winikoff Contraception 2019(Dec);100(6):451-56    DOI: 10.1016/j.contraception.2019.08.007 Abstract Objectives: To evaluate the safety, acceptability and feasibility of a one-day outpatient medical abortion service at gestations 13–18 weeks. Study design: Open-label prospective study in which participants received mifepristone 200 mg … Continued

NEPAL – Bajura, a remote district in the far western hills of Nepal, has fared well in terms of safe abortion

According to local government records, as many as 875 women received safe abortion services through government-run health centres in the Bajura district in the past 18 months. Of the total 28 local health centres in the district, 15 have been providing abortion service to women. Only complicated cases are sent to the district hospital. The Bajura District Hospital Chief, Dr Rupchandra Bishwokarma, found these data encouraging. In the past, women would commonly use unsafe ways … Continued

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