‘Legalisation Not Enough to Make Abortion Safe’
The Kathmandu Post - Kathmandu, Nepal, 9/29/2016
As the world celebrated International Safe Abortion Day on September 28, 2016, women rights organisations said only legalising abortion is not enough unless they ensure safe abortions. The Women Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC) said in a statement that unsafe abortion causes up to 20-27 percent of maternal deaths in hospitals in the country which is significantly higher than the global average of 13 percent. Women rights groups have urged the Government to improve women’s access to reproductive health in the country and increase their access to safe abortion.
Recognising Best Practices
Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh, 9/29/2016
With support from the Dutch Embassy, SNV Bangladesh is implementing a project on 'Promoting sexual reproductive health rights (SRHR) through inclusive business practices within ready made garment (RMG) industry in Bangladesh’. To achieve this, SNV’s project is working with 19 factories and selected 10 SRHR service providers and private sector partners to pilot and test activities that deliver win-win solutions for businesses and workers. In the process, the project also ensures workers’ right to information and quality services.
Is The Philippines’ ‘War on Drugs’ Fuelling an HIV Epidemic?
Thomson Reuters Foundation - Cebu, Philippines, 9/27/2016
Efforts to protect drug users, including the distribution of clean needles, began in Cebu, particularly in Kamagayan, in 1993 but were halted by city officials in 2009. ‘The following year prevalence of HIV amongst people who inject drugs went from less than 0.5 percent to 53 percent,’ said Ilya Tac-an, who leads the STD and AIDS detection unit at Cebu City Health Department. Jerson See, founder and president of Cebu Plus, an HIV care organisation also said ‘The police and drug enforcement agency’s mandates are a supply and demand reduction programme but we just hope the government will reconsider the harm reduction programme because it is also a way of halting the spread of HIV.’
Asha Reaches Out to All: Free Contraceptives at Doorstep Gets a Healthy Acceptance
The Indian Express - Maharashtra, India, 9/26/2016
On the occasion of World Contraception Day, September 26, 2016, a quarterly report by the Demographic and Evaluation Cell of the State Family Welfare in Pune, from April to June this year showed that at least 10.74 lakh condoms were distributed by the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers free of cost at all 34 districts. Another 2.5 lakh oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) were delivered to rural homes while there was an increasing demand for emergency contraceptive pills (ECP) with ASHA workers delivering 12,250 in the first three months.
Sri Lanka Maintains Lowest HIV/AIDS Prevalence in S.E.Asia
Daily News, Sri Lanka, 9/24/2016
Sri Lanka still maintains the lowest HIV and AIDS prevalence in South East Asia which is less than 0.01. Addressing a press briefing at the Health Education Bureau Auditorium on September 23, 2016, in Colombo, Health Services Director General Dr. Palitha Mahipala said, 2,436 HIV and AIDS cases had been reported from Sri Lanka so far from the day the first cases were detected in 1987. ‘Sri Lanka cannot be satisfied and rest because this is a result of hard work which should continue, strengthened and expanded,’ he said.