Unanswered conundrums: questions that remain after the ECHO trial – what should health providers know?

Unanswered conundrums: questions that remain after the ECHO trial – what should health providers know? by Marion Stevens, (Director, Sexual and Reproductive Coalition) and Kate Law (Nottingham Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham) Access the PDF here The Evidence for Contraceptive options and HIV outcomes trial (ECHO) was an open-label randomized clinical trial that compared three highly […]

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An analysis of delays among women accessing second-trimester abortion in the public sector in South Africa

An analysis of delays among women accessing second-trimester abortion in the public sector in South Africa Abstract Objectives To identify key delays and associated factors in women’s pathway to second-trimester abortion that could inform strategies to increase earlier presentation. Study design We performed a secondary analysis using data collected from May 2012 to June 2013 as part […]

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I’m a Black Feminist. I Think Call-Out Culture Is Toxic.

Original article by The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/17/opinion/sunday/cancel-culture-call-out.html I’m a Black Feminist. I Think Call-Out Culture Is Toxic. There are better ways of doing social justice work. By Loretta Ross Today’s call-out culture is so seductive, I often have to resist the overwhelming temptation to clap back at people on social media who get on my nerves. […]

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NHI Bill must prioritise people, not private interest

NHI Bill must prioritise people, not private interest By Health-e News• 18 August 2019 At the centre of providing universal health care are people and ensuring equitable health services, but can the health minister prevent the private sector from hijacking National Health Insurance? HEALTH-E’s Sibongile Nkosi reports. There are no arguments that South Africa’s health system needs […]

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It’s time to make good on the promise of the Termination of Pregnancy Act

It’s time to make good on the promise of the Termination of Pregnancy Act  [image]Abortion advertising on a road sign in Bonteheuwel, Cape Town. (Photo: Ashraf Hendricks/GroundUp) Access to safe abortion services in South Africa is riddled with barriers that leave women to resort to seeking unsafe services with dire health consequences and even death. We […]

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UNAIDS welcomes the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as its new Executive Director

Source: UNAIDS PRESS STATEMENT UNAIDS welcomes the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as its new Executive Director GENEVA, 14 August 2019—UNAIDS warmly welcomes the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as its new Executive Director. Ms Byanyima has more than 30 years of experience in political leadership, diplomacy and humanitarian engagement. “I am honoured to be joining UNAIDS as […]

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South Africa: Need for national traction on reproductive justice in South Africa following elections

Source: International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion   South Africa: Need for national traction on reproductive justice in South Africa following elections On 7 July 2019 the Weekend Argus reported that the Western Cape Provincial Minister of Health, MEC Nomafrench Mbombo, had authorised the addition of seven new facilities to provide safe, legal termination of pregnancy […]

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The injection or the injection? Restricted contraceptive choices among women living with HIV

The injection or the injection? Restricted contraceptive choices among women living with HIV Abstract Historically, women living with HIV (WLWH) have been vulnerable to biased advice from healthcare workers regarding contraception and childbearing. However, antiretroviral therapy (ART) has made motherhood safer, prompting a re-examination of whether contraceptive services enable the realisation of WLWH’s reproductive intentions. […]

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