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Pregnant Latam Women Most Vulnerable To COVID-19 – Health Agency

Pregnant Latam Women Most Vulnerable To COVID-19 – Health Agency

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting women more than men in Latin America and pregnant mothers above all, threatening to roll back 20 years of advances in access to family planning, the Pan American Health Organization said on Wednesday. Women are more likely than men to live in poverty, take on unpaid work and lose their […]

Status Of Pregnancies Outside Marriage Still Unclear In UAE After Law Change

Status Of Pregnancies Outside Marriage Still Unclear In UAE After Law Change

Seven months after the UAE decriminalised premarital sex, the legal change is not always reflected in how pregnancies outside marriage are treated, according to government guidance, lawyers and hospital staff. While women are no longer jailed for premarital sex, new births require the parents’ marriage certificate, health insurers do not offer maternity cover to unmarried […]

Liberia’s Maternal and Child Mortality Crisis Demands More Women As Community Health Assistants

Liberia’s Maternal and Child Mortality Crisis Demands More Women As Community Health Assistants

There’s no debating the impact of poor health on Liberian women. They have one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, poor access to modern family planning methods, and endure increased levels of sexual and gender-based violence. Their children don’t fare much better; the under-fives, especially newborns, suffer needlessly from illness and death […]

Avoiding Unintended Pregnancies In Cash-Strapped Malawi

Avoiding Unintended Pregnancies In Cash-Strapped Malawi

In January, as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world, Malawi clang to the hope that the deadly disease stays outside its borders. But all the hope came crumbling when the country recorded its first case of COVID-19 at the beginning of April. With a weak health system characterized by frequent drug stock-outs and high […]

Researchers Advocate Training Drug Sellers To Prevent Maternal Deaths

Researchers Advocate Training Drug Sellers To Prevent Maternal Deaths

With various factors contributing steadily to maternal deaths at 512 of every 100,000 live births, researchers have called for the training of drug sellers in Lagos, and Nigeria to prevent deaths from unsafe abortions. The study, “Women’s self-reported Experiences Using Misoprostol Obtained From Drug Sellers: A Prospective Cohort Study In Lagos State, Nigeria” was showcased […]

Women In Jigawa Community Fund Emergency Transportation For Pregnant Women

Women In Jigawa Community Fund Emergency Transportation For Pregnant Women

“My husband and I have always known that I would deliver at the hospital,” says Azeema Hussaini, 25, while sitting on a bed in a muddy two-room house, nursing her three-week-old daughter, Maisara, whom she gave birth to at the General Hospital Jahun, Jigawa State. The mother of three had her previous deliveries at the […]

Afghan Government Says Mother’s Name Can Go On Birth Certificates

Afghan Government Says Mother’s Name Can Go On Birth Certificates

The Afghan government has accepted a proposal to put mothers’ names on their children’s birth certificates, in a rare win for women’s rights activists in the deeply conservative country. Campaigners have for years pushed for women to be named on official documents including children’s birth certificates, which like Afghan identity documents carry only the name […]

Pandemic Raises Fears For Pregnant U.S. Inmates

Pandemic Raises Fears For Pregnant U.S. Inmates

Guadalupe Velazquez has a college degree, owns a flooring company and is pregnant with a baby girl due next month. Velazquez, 30, is also terrified of contracting COVID-19 in the Phoenix halfway house where she is serving her sentence on a decade-old marijuana conviction in federal court in Arizona, according to her sister and her […]

Pregnant Mothers And Babies Born During COVID-19 Pandemic Threatened By Strained Health Systems

Pregnant Mothers And Babies Born During COVID-19 Pandemic Threatened By Strained Health Systems

An estimated 116 million babies will be born under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF said today ahead of Mother’s Day. These babies are projected to be born up to 40 weeks after COVID-19 – currently straining health systems and medical supply chains all over the world – was recognized as a pandemic on […]

In Uganda, Mothers In Labour Die Amidst Coronavirus Lockdown

In Uganda, Mothers In Labour Die Amidst Coronavirus Lockdown

Scovia Nakawooya’s unborn child died inside her as she struggled to reach a hospital on foot. She died hours later – one of at least seven women in labour to become casualties of Uganda’s coronavirus lockdown, a rights group said.   Fearful that the viral pandemic could overwhelm already overburdened hospitals, authorities have banned private […]

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