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Consultation Fees Discourages Women From Getting Medical Attention

Consultation Fees Discourages Women From Getting  Medical Attention

Getting gynaecological services in Nairobi’s public hospitals is a tedious process that leaves women seeking the specialised services exhausted. Those who cannot afford the luxury of getting treatment at private facilities have to contend with long queues and a host of probing questions, within earshot of other patients, from medical personnel. Even then, a patient […]

Five Pupils Who Were Impregnated In Tandahimba Arrested

Five Pupils Who Were Impregnated In Tandahimba Arrested

 Five school girls, who were impregnated, together with their parents have been arrested in Tandahimba in a crack down which followed an order by District Commissioner Sebastian Waryuba. The pupils and their parents were, however released on bail. This was revealed by District Administrative Secretary, Mr Mohamed Azizi, on behalf of Mr Waryuba. According to […]

Antenatal Care In Uganda – Not A Women’s Only Affair

Antenatal Care In Uganda – Not A Women’s Only Affair

Couples first. That’s the policy that clinics in Uganda have adopted to encourage fathers to accompany expectant mothers for their check-ups. Women who turn up alone often find themselves at the back of the queue. Bella Kasigaire is four months pregnant. She hops on a bicycle taxi or boda boda to reach Kawolo hospital in […]

Quick Thinking Cop Helps Deliver Baby At Police Station

Quick Thinking Cop Helps Deliver Baby At Police Station

A quick thinking police constable helped a woman in labour deliver her baby at the Mlungisi police station in the Eastern Cape on Thursday evening. Police spokesperson Captain Namhla Mdleleni said a woman had arrived at the station on Thursday night, with labour pains, and had asked the police to assist her by calling an […]

Hunger Affects The Mental Health Of Pregnant Mothers

Hunger Affects The Mental Health Of Pregnant Mothers

The mental health of pregnant women can be affected by a range of factors, including partner violence and unemployment. But one of the key drivers that adversely affects a pregnant woman’s mental health is food insecurity. Being food insecure is when someone doesn’t have food or has the wrong kinds of food. This is one […]

How I Got Out Of Postpartum Psychosis

How I Got Out Of Postpartum Psychosis

I have a story to tell you, but I’m afraid I’m a less than perfect narrator because there are crevasses in my mind that I fall through whenever I try to tell it. I can pin my finger firmly on the moment I began to wonder whether something was really wrong. From behind me, I […]

Child Marriages Empty Mbire Schools

Child Marriages Empty Mbire Schools

An average of 240 pupils have dropped from school since the beginning of the year in Mbire district, Mashonaland Central province, chiefly because of early child marriages. The Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development confirmed the statistics yesterday during a workshop on gender mainstreaming in Ruwa. Deputy director for gender in the ministry […]

Don’t Marry Off Your Pregnant School-Going Daughter

Don’t Marry Off Your Pregnant School-Going Daughter

Recently, I watched on a local television channel a story of a young girl whose parents had forced her into marriage because she got pregnant. The police asked the girl’s parents why they gave away their daughter into marriage before reaching the age of consent. In response, the parents claimed they had sent her to […]

Expectant Mothers Fight For Space At Kagadi Hospital

Expectant Mothers Fight For Space At Kagadi Hospital

At Kagadi general hospital in western Uganda, expectant mothers struggle to find space and beds. The hospital receives about 20 expectant mothers daily, according to Principal Senior Nursing Officer Specioza Nabukeera. She said, however, that the available space and beds in the facility are not enough for the expectant mothers, newborn babies and patients with […]

Pregnancy and War – Women At Risk In The Nuba Mountains

Pregnancy and War – Women At Risk In The Nuba Mountains

During one of the worst aerial bomb attacks against the rebel-controlled areas in the Nuba Mountains, Awatif Ali Mohammed was very pregnant. Sudan government warplanes had bombed over 750 civilian targets in late 2014 and Awatif had miraculously given birth while evading the shrapnel and mayhem around her. But a neighbor to Awatif was not […]

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