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Govt Says Pregnant Women Can Now Get Vaccine

Govt Says Pregnant Women Can Now Get Vaccine

The government says pregnant women can now get the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. This follows recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO). Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda has confirmed this Numerous questions have been raised over the past week on who qualifies to receive the jab. While some vaccination centres are allowing breastfeeding and pregnant […]

UK Plans Paid Maternity Leave For Ministers To Promote Women In Politics

UK Plans Paid Maternity Leave For Ministers To Promote Women In Politics

 Britain will introduce its first formal maternity leave for ministers under a draft bill announced on Thursday that aims to protect new mothers and promote more women in politics. The new law will mean that female cabinet members can take up to six months’ paid leave while their job is covered. Women’s rights campaigners said the bill […]

Nigeria Pushes for Companionship in Labour To Improve Maternal Health Services

Nigeria Pushes for Companionship in Labour To Improve Maternal Health Services

“My husband was with me in the delivery room during the birth of our second child. His presence made the labour pain tolerable. It gave me a sense of calm as it had a psychological and emotional effect on me,” says Mrs Taliah Chukwuma, a businesswoman. “We were fortunate that the hospital where I delivered […]

Essential Women’s Health Services at Risk Amid Covid-19

Essential Women’s Health Services at Risk Amid Covid-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is setting back important progress on women’s health across Africa. There are many reasons for this, including lockdown restrictions which are keeping women at home, concerns about catching the virus, and the closure of women’s health services. These problems are not simple ones, but they to be acknowledged and addressed. In my […]

Gambians To Protest Against Rising Maternal Deaths

Gambians To Protest Against Rising Maternal Deaths

Having registered series of maternal deaths in The Gambia, a group of concern Gambians called Mbama Care Foundation in partnership with Gambian Women’s Lives Matter will hold a peaceful protest today 23 September 2020 at Westfield. This is on the heels of the growing number of maternal deaths in The Gambia leading growing fear and […]

Lack of Convenient Facilities For Working Mothers Has Long-Term Effects

Lack of Convenient Facilities For Working Mothers Has Long-Term Effects

When a woman gives birth in Rwanda, she is entitled to a three-month maternity leave that may include pre and post-partum leave. After three months, when she returns to work, she is allowed to take one hour among the working hours to check on and breastfeed her baby, as stipulated by the Law establishing and […]

Zimbabwe Makes It Illegal For Schools To Expel Pregnant Girls

Zimbabwe Makes It Illegal For Schools To Expel Pregnant Girls

Zimbabwe has made it illegal for schools to expel pupils who get pregnant, a measure women’s rights campaigners said would help tackle gender inequality in the classroom and stop many girls from dropping out of school. A legal amendment announced last week seeks to reinforce a 1999 guideline that was patchily implemented and comes as school […]

UK Tackles Higher Maternal Mortality Rates For Black Mothers

UK Tackles Higher Maternal Mortality Rates For Black Mothers

The British government committed on Wednesday to tackling disparities in maternal mortality rates, saying it was “completely unacceptable” that pregnancy and birth were riskier for women from ethnic minorities than for white women.  Maternal deaths in Britain occur in fewer than 1 in 10,000 pregnancies, official data shows. From 2015 to 2017, 209 mothers died […]

High Rate of Maternal Deaths Worry Malawi’s Lawmakers

High Rate of Maternal Deaths Worry Malawi’s Lawmakers

Government has an obligation to ensure that no woman should die due to pregnancy-related causes, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Health, Matthews Ngwale has said. He made the observation Saturday in Blantyre during an interface organized by Ipas Malawi and Centre for Solutions Journalism (CSJ) which drew together some Members of Parliament, gender activists, […]

Pandemic Brings Growing Risk Of Pregnancy, Abuse To Latin American Girls

Pandemic Brings Growing Risk Of Pregnancy, Abuse To Latin American Girls

When her 11-year-old daughter’s belly began to grow in May, Paloma discovered the unimaginable – the girl had been raped by her stepfather. Paloma, whose name has been changed, took her daughter to a public hospital in Mexico’s western Michoacan state, but the child was denied an abortion. By law, Mexico’s public hospitals must provide […]

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