Under Article 30 of the Peruvian General Health Law, it is a relatively common practice to report cases of women with induced abortion who come to the emergency services for treatment of complications to the police. However, doing so jeopardises medical secrecy and the patient’s rights to privacy and confidentiality.
Following a government decree of 5 June 2016, midwives will soon be able to provide medical abortion pills up to seven weeks of amenorrhoea (nine weeks LMP) without the supervision of a gynaecologist. To promote knowledge of this new policy, the Department of Health launched a communications campaign on 22 June to raise public awareness of this expansion of midwives’ roles.
The organisation’s President, Prof Frank Taulo, said their aim was to help to maintain high clinical and ethical standards and improving lives of Malawian women. Another objective is to encourage the highest standards of training in obstetrics and gynaecology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.