Clandestine and Unsafe Abortion Common in Malawi

Clandestine and Unsafe Abortion Common in Malawi

New Evidence Can Inform Policy Discussions on Reducing Maternal Deaths New research estimates 141,000 abortions occurred in Malawi in 2015—at an annual rate of 38 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age—all of which indicates that abortion is common in the country. The majority of these procedures were performed under clandestine and unsafe conditions and often resulted in complications. The research, which was conducted by the U.S.-based Guttmacher Institute and the Centre for Reproductive Health…

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A lifesaving investment: $50 to save 10 newborns

A lifesaving investment: $50 to save 10 newborns

Help us get our new, soft NIFTY cup delivered to preemies in Malawi and Tanzania who can’t breastfeed. My oldest daughter was born ten weeks early. She weighed less than 2.5 lbs and fit in the palm of her dad’s hand. Like many preemies, my daughter coughed, choked, and struggled when she tried to eat. She simply couldn’t coordinate the complex suck-swallow-breathe sequence babies must master to thrive. So I understand from first-hand experience the…

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Talking about infertility in Malawi A starting point for developing interventions in order to alleviate the problem of infertility

Talking about infertility in Malawi A starting point for developing interventions in order to alleviate the problem of infertility

Executive Summary ‘Everyone has stories, but some stories actively devalue people and other stories are not recognized as valuable at all. Some stories empower people and other stories disempower people’ Infertility is a significant public health problem in African countries like Malawi. There are strong expectations that married people ought to bear children, and those who do not are often excluded, (verbally) abused and blamed for their infertility.2,3,4 Tackling infertility is essential, if the holistic…

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A new campaign, #EveryHourMatters, urges instant post-rape care

A new campaign, #EveryHourMatters, urges instant post-rape care

by Lori Silberman Brauner Maureen Phiri, a young girl from a poor family in Malawi, was only 11 years old when she was raped by the man who had hired her to do housework for him and his wife. Not only did Maureen continue to experience sexual abuse from the man she worked for, he left her with another long-term scar: HIV-positive status. Had Maureen or her family known that it was possible to prevent HIV…

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Vaginal microbicide ring study releases first data on participants

Vaginal microbicide ring study releases first data on participants

An efficacy study of a new method of HIV prevention has published its first data. ASPIRE is one of two large efficacy trials that have been taking place over the last three years of a vaginal ring microbicide. The vaginal ring is a soft silicone-rubber ring infused with an anti-HIV drug that is designed to be inserted into a woman’s vagina once a month and sit on the cervix. The idea of a long-lasting device…

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