UGANDA – Experts call for safe abortion as part of essential health package for women

“When the doctor told me that we needed to discuss the results of my pregnancy test, I already knew I was pregnant; because I was just recovering from rape.” It was hard for her to accept the news, since she saw this as an end to her dream of becoming a teacher. I knew, without doubt, that I would be expelled from school and banished from home by my parents. I spent days in agony, … Continued

MIDDLE EAST – Call for expert training consultants on the MISP for Reproductive Health in Emergencies

As part of its efforts to improve emergency preparedness measures and to be able to respond quickly and effectively at the onset of a crisis, UNFPA Arab States Regional Office (ASRO) is creating a regional roster of expert training consultants on the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health (RH) in emergencies. The objective is to build the capacity of relevant country-level partners within the Arab States region on the implementation of the MISP … Continued

EUROPEAN COMMISSION – Provision of non-discriminatory medical services in conflict settings: correspondence with the European Commission

In November 2017, the Global Justice Center in New York drafted a letter to two high-level representatives of the European Commission regarding the provision of non-discriminatory medical care in conflict settings in line with, including safe abortion, and circulated it internationally for signatures. It points to commitments made in 2015 regarding women and girls raped in armed conflict that have not yet been acted upon. The letter was signed by 91 CSOs from around the world, … Continued

DENMARK – Denmark follows Canada’s lead, gives $37 million to push back on Trump’s overseas abortion funding ban

    Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen announced Tuesday at the UN General Assembly that Denmark would give $37 million to fund organizations that are losing funds due to the re-instatement and expansion of the US Global Gag Rule. “This is a clear signal to America. If somebody drops the torch, others must pick it up. The world needs leadership,” he told the broadcaster DR.   SOURCE:, by Lauretta Brown, 19 September  2017 … Continued

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