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In DRC, Married Women Receive Preferential Access to Birth Control

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Reproductive RightsWomen's Rights

Unmarried women say access to birth control has declined significantly here. Unlikely to receive contraceptives at a hospital or clinic, single women turn to pharmacies, where expired or fake birth control is taking a toll on their health.

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For Women in DRC, Conflict Means Greater Chance of Rape, Health Problems and Scarce Access to Health Care

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: HealthHuman RightsPoliticsReproductive Rights

Women in Democratic Republic of Congo, who face a high risk of being raped because sexual violence is used as a weapon of war there, also suffer from complex health problems, often related to pregnancy and childbirth. HEAL Africa, which offers reconstructive surgery for women who have fistulas, also provides safe transport for women who live in remote areas that are sometimes surrounded by violent militias.

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In Zimbabwe, Warnings About Traditional Healers’ Vaginal Procedure Don’t Stop Women

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: HealthReproductive Rights

There’s a widespread belief in Zimbabwe that vaginal growths, locally called “sare,” cause infertility, miscarriage and the deaths of healthy newborns and even older children, and women pay traditional healers to cut away the growths. Doctors caution that the procedure can be dangerous when done by those without medical training and may cause infection and long-term problems, but happy mothers believe it has worked for them.

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Argentina to Again Consider Decriminalizing Abortion

Region: Argentina

Topics: HealthHuman RightsReproductive Rights

Women who seek clandestine abortions in Argentina face medical risks and disapproval. But abortion rights advocates see changes in public opinion, and predict a bill to decriminalize abortions in the first 14 weeks of gestation will be passed in 2017.

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Uganda Takes Aim at Alcohol Advertising to Stop Women From Drinking While Pregnant

Region: Uganda

Topics: HealthLegislationReproductive Rights

Women get plenty of messages from the alcoholic-beverage industry promoting consumption. But most women aren’t getting the message that they shouldn’t drink while pregnant. And now the government is taking steps to change that.

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New Counseling Facility Working to Change the Stigma of Rape in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: HealthHuman RightsReproductive Rights

In DRC, women and girls who experience sexual violence are often stigmatized and rejected by the community and family members. Staff members of a new counseling facility are going door-to-door educating the community about gender-based violence while providing free counseling and medical resources to those who need it.

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Without Easy Access to Basic Health Care, Many Haitians Rely on Unpaid Midwives

Region: Haiti

Topics: HealthReproductive Rights

Few Haitians have access to formal health clinics where they can receive basic gynecological care, let alone give birth to their children. Traditional midwives attend most births in the country, even when the women giving birth can’t afford to pay them.

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Students at Zimbabwean College Press for Healthcare to Keep Pregnant Women in School

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EducationReproductive Rights

Pregnant students struggle with the dual challenge of keeping up with studies and the high costs of antenatal care. In a nation where rules still exist that can force pregnant women to leave school, students at the National University of Science and Technology are lobbying for a health package for pregnant students.

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Ugandan Mothers Opt for Traditional Birth Attendants Despite Risks, Illegality

Region: Uganda

Topics: HealthReproductive Rights

Many expectant mothers in Uganda choose to travel long distances and forgo free public health care in favor of traditional birth attendants, who provide a more comfortable childbirth experience, they say. There’s just one problem: Traditional birth attendants were outlawed eight years ago.

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Budget Cuts Undermine Argentina’s Unfulfilled Guarantee of Sex Education

Region: Argentina

Topics: EducationHealthReproductive Rights

Eleven years ago, the Argentine government passed a law guaranteeing the right of all students in public and private schools to receive comprehensive sex education. But as budget cuts threaten the national sex education program, upholding that guarantee has fallen to independent organizations and volunteers.

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