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Liberia Celebrates Contraceptives Week

Liberia Celebrates Contraceptives Week

Liberia has joined the world over in the commemoration of what is known as the “World Contraceptives Day”.The Day is celebrated to create awareness for the proper planning of family and usage of contraceptives. One of those partners in the vanguard of ensuring that Liberians get proper information on how families are planned is an […]

Zambian Teenage Girls Are Forbidden To Talk About Sex And Contraceptives

Zambian Teenage Girls Are Forbidden To Talk About Sex And Contraceptives

Becoming pregnant constitutes a threat to young girls’ health. That’s because they have a higher risk of maternal complications than adult women. In fact, these complications were the leading causes of death among 15 – 19 year old girls in 2016. And national data from 2012-2013 reveals that almost one third of women aged between 20 and 24 in […]

Common Contraceptive Could Raise TB Risk

Common Contraceptive Could Raise TB Risk

A breakthrough study conducted by Professor Keertan Dheda and Dr Michele Tomasicchio, at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity, has revealed that one of South Africa’s most commonly-used injectable contraceptives could potentially increase women’s chances of contracting tuberculosis (TB). Injectable contraceptives are widely used across sub-Saharan Africa, being the […]

Lamu County Launches Sh137m Project To Improve Contraceptive Use For Women

Lamu County Launches Sh137m Project To Improve Contraceptive Use For Women

Lamu County has launched a three-year plan aimed at increasing the rate of contraceptive use from 43 percent to at least 46 percent by the year 2020. The Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan (FP CIP) outlines county-specific strategies for this goal to be achieved. In Lamu, the project will cost about Sh136 million. COST EFFECTIVE […]

Cost of Sanitary Wear spikes; Women Resort To Contraceptives

Cost of Sanitary Wear spikes; Women Resort To Contraceptives

MOST Zimbabwean women are now using contraceptives to avert their menstrual cycle due to prohibitive charges for sanitary wear, an MP has revealed. Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women and Youth Affairs Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga said regular access to sanitary wear remains a challenge to most local women and young girls. “There is policy […]

Uganda: High Teenage Pregnancies Blamed On Contraceptives

Uganda: High Teenage Pregnancies Blamed On Contraceptives

The topic of availing sexually active teenagers with contraceptives has always been an explosive one, but one health worker is convinced it is one way to curb hiking rates of pregnancy in the age group. Dr Placid Mihayo, the senior consultant and focal person for family planning at the health ministry, believes teenage pregnancy rates […]

Young Women’s Freedom and Choices Amid Talk of Contraceptives

Young Women’s Freedom and Choices Amid Talk of Contraceptives

The Ministry of Health, a few months ago, mooted a proposal to introduce contraceptive use by children as young as 10 years. Similarly, the East African Community Legislative assembly has drafted a bill– the EAC Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Bill 2017, which is at committee stage, and also seeks to legalise abortion. This proposal […]

Experts Inaugurate Campaign ‘To De-Stigmatise Infertility

Experts Inaugurate Campaign ‘To De-Stigmatise Infertility

The Merck health care has launched the Merck more than a mother campaign in Nairobi and Uganda. The Nairobi launch was focus on a woman whose hands were cut off by her husband because “she has not given birth to a baby in the marriage.” Even though it was the husband that is infertile. She […]

Uganda: Contraceptive Shortage Affecting Family Planning

Uganda: Contraceptive Shortage Affecting Family Planning

Ruth Kibaazo, 26, has four children and all have a one-year-age difference. Kibaazo recently started using contraceptives. She had never used them before because she thought they would make her barren. However, after her fourth child, she took a friend’s advice who told her she needed to give her body some rest. “She (the friend) […]