Unsafe abortion is a major cause of mortality and morbidity and has been identified as one of the key health crises on the global health agenda. Ninety-eight percent of unsafe abortions take place in middle- and low-income countries with the most deaths occurring in countries with restrictive abortion policies.
It is no coincidence that the risk of death from unsafe abortion is the highest in the African region compared to the rest of the world. Along with a restrictive legal context, the continent is grappling with overburdened and weak health systems and the largest (and growing) youthful population in the world.
There are large disparities in the availability and accessibility to safe abortion care across the region. Even in restrictive legal contexts, safe abortion services will be available in some form. However, only women and girls who are socially, culturally or economically advantaged are likely to be able to access these services. Poor and rurally based women and girls of adolescent age are the most exposed to the possibility of harm and suffer disproportionately from complications related to unsafe abortion. There is great diversity in women’s and girl’s reproductive experiences and there is need to better understand which groups are most vulnerable to harm through being differentially situated in their economic, social and political contexts.
Over the last two decades, abortion research has ...>>
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Dr Bereket Yakob Yota, a recent graduate of HEARD’s PhD Programme at UKZN has been appointed as a visiting scientist at the prestigious Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. Dr Yota who graduated with a PhD at the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2016, has been selected to contribute to the Department of Population and Global Health with focus on Health Systems at the elite Harvard T.H Chan School of Public health. Born in Ethiopia in 1980, Dr Yota has dedicated a significant part of his life to the field of public health. His studies began with Bachelor of Science ...>>
HEARD recently hosted the second in a series of high-level retreats around domestic financing and prioritisation of health under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, better known as SDGs. The meeting took place at the Thanda Private Game Reserve in Hluhluwe, South Africa between 28 June – 1 July 2017. A core group of former and current Ministers of Health from the Eastern and Southern region of Africa (ESA), academics, representatives of regional and sub-regional intergovernmental organisations, as well as high-level representatives of multilateral ...>>
HEARD in partnership with the University of Birmingham will conduct a methodological workshop to structured around a series of presentations and discussions aiming to address these questions and to result in the development of new methodological tools for research on SGBV which is both locally sensitive and inclusive. Context Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) remains a massive problem worldwide and the widespread international attention to it has sparked a range of high profile policy responses. The impact of these policy responses, however, has been limited, as ...>>
Public talk: Intimate partner violence among pregnant women in low-income countries – A case study of Rwanda
Intimate partner violence during pregnancy is associated with maternal mortality, adverse pregnancy outcomes and childhood growth impairment. Its effects may be exacerbated in resource-limited settings. Nevertheless, it has not been thoroughly investigated. In this talk, Dr Akashi Andrew Rurangirwa, a medical doctor and a PhD candidate at the University of Gothenburg, aims to discuss in all forms of IPV and associated risk factors among pregnant women in low-income countries with Rwanda as a case study. Powered by Eventbrite About Dr Akashi Andrew Rurangirwa Akashi ...>>
December 1 marked World AIDS Day. A brief moment reflection our recent achievements in the fight against HIV and AIDS point to some significant victories. Globally, we have more scientific knowledge on how the virus is transmitted with prevention and treatment options being tailored to suit particular population profiles. The strategic response to the epidemic in Africa (UNAIDS Fast Track, 90-90-90 ALL –IN ) has kept pace with recent scientific discoveries. There are however challenges ahead and we cannot slow down efforts in the fights to reduce new infections. While ...>>
Media release: HEARD embarks on an extensive research project on young key populations in SADC countries
HEARD embarks on an extensive research project on young key populations in SADC countries, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme and African Men for Sexual Health and Rights Durban, South Africa | 1 December 2016 HEARD has successfully obtained a large research grant to conduct operational research on young key populations in Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The research is embedded in a larger project that aims to strengthen the legal and policy environment for these groups in order to reduce stigma and discrimination of ...>>
ARV treatment on the rise, but UN urges urgent action as thousands of young women continue to be infected with HIV. The number of HIV-infected people taking anti-retroviral (ARV) medicine has doubled in just five years, the United Nations said while highlighting high infection rates among young African women. A new report released by UNAIDS, a UN programme, on Monday said thousands of young women and girls across the world are being infected with the HIV virus every week and preventing new infections is still proving difficult. The report added that while UNAIDS was on ...>>