Mauritius: The National Action Plan On Breastfeeding Currently Under Preparation, Says Dr Jagutpal
[Government of Mauritius] The Ministry of Health and Wellness is working on a National Action Plan on Breastfeeding whose objective is to gradually increase the percentage of breastfeeding to 50%. Much progress has already been made and the National Action Plan will be made public shortly. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 4, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Harare Residents Celebrate Breastfeeding Week
[The Herald] HARARE residents have joined the world in celebrating breastfeeding week, which which seeks to promote breast feeding across the globe. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 4, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Egypt: Egypt Launches Initiative for Early Detection of 19 Genetic Diseases in Newborns, Begins Free Treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy
[Egypt Online] Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed announced on Tuesday 3/8/2021 the launch of an initiative for the early detection of genetic disorders and hereditary diseases in newly-born infants under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 4, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Kenya: Kajiado - Hundreds Miss School Reopening Due to Pregnancy
[Nation] As more than one million Form One students are expected to report back to schools across the country today, hundreds of others in Kajiado County will miss the opportunity due to early pregnancies. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 4, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Nigeria: Save the Children Harps On Exclusive Breastfeeding for Kids
[Vanguard] Kaduna -- As the world celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, Save the Children International has called for increased support to, and protection of, mothers as well as awareness creation for an optimal exclusive breastfeeding practice in Nigeria." (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 3, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Malawi: Covid-19 Pandemic Has Negatively Impacted Exclusive Breastfeeding--Minister Chiponda
[Nyasa Times] The Minister of Health and Population, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, has said the effects of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic have negatively affected lactating mothers and their infants, as mothers were forced to divert their attention and resources towards addressing the economic effects of the pandemic instead of concentrating on the wellbeing of the little ones. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 3, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: Covid-19 - Jabs for Most Pregnant Women More Than a Month Away
[spotlight] Most pregnant women in South Africa will have to wait at least another month for a potentially life-saving COVID-19 jab. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 2, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Liberia: Medical Facility in Doe Community Craves Assistance Amidst Flooding
[LINA] Monrovia -- The Officer-In-Charge at the Tarnue Kerkula Gibson Medical and Laboratory Clinic in Doe Community, Bushrod Island, Madam Ruth L. Johnson, is calling on Liberians, philanthropists as well as national leaders to provide assistance to the institution so as to avoid being evicted by flood. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 2, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Africa: Should I Get the Covid-19 Vaccine While Pregnant or Breastfeeding? Experts Explain the Safety, Evidence and Clinical Trials
[The Conversation Africa] Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, public health communications put a special focus on helping high-risk populations, such as seniors, stay safe. Yet, information for pregnant or breastfeeding individuals has been inconsistent and hard to find. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 2, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Tanzania: Private Firms Censured Over Maternity Rights
[Daily News] SOME female workers from private firms are avoiding becoming pregnant because they are afraid of losing their jobs, a recent Human Rights and Business Survey 2021 Report launched in Dar es Salaam has revealed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 2, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Africa: World Breastfeeding Week - Statement By UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
[WHO] At the start of this year, governments, donors, civil society and the private sector united to launch the Nutrition for Growth Year of Action. The Year of Action is a historic opportunity to transform the way the world tackles the global commitment to eliminate child malnutrition. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 2, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Kenya: Rising Cases of Teen Pregnancies in Meru Worry Leaders
[Nation] Government officials and children welfare workers in Meru have decried the surge in teenage pregnancies in the county, majority of which are perpetrated by relatives. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 2, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Africa: To Prevent Teenage Pregnancies in Sub Saharan Africa, It Takes a Whole Village to Raise a Child
[IPS] Dissin -- Honorine Meda is 23. Cycling through her hometown of Dissin, in Burkina Faso's verdant southwest, she smiles, waves and stops to chat with one of the girls she counsels. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 1, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: Mothers Need Help and Support If They Are to Breastfeed Their Babies for an Optimal Time
[Daily Maverick] In my research, some mothers expressed the age-old cultural belief that whatever you felt at the time, was transmitted via breast milk to their infants. Mothers felt anger, pain and disappointment and were cognisant that these negative feelings, like their own hunger, could be shared with their young. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 30, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: Jabs for Most Pregnant SA Women More Than a Month Away
[Daily Maverick] The majority of pregnant women in South Africa will still have to wait for a Covid-19 jab. Chris Bateman takes a look at what we do and do not know about Covid-19 and its impact on pregnant women or those planning to get pregnant, and when it is safest for such women to get vaccinated. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 29, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Ghana: Path to Paternity - Surviving a Long-Lettered Male Issue
[Ghanaian Times] That Tuesday morning was not the first time KekeliAgbozo (real name withheld) had to take matters of sexual pleasure into his own hands, literally. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 29, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Ghana: Adoption - Accepting the Alternative Family System to Break Infertility Stigma
[Ghanaian Times] Being married for a decade without biological children is one of the most painful emotional and psychological experiences any woman or a man could go through. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 29, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Rwanda: Gasabo District Launches Campaign Against Teen Pregnancy
[New Times] Gasabo district this week embarked on a campaign aimed at sensitizing the youth in the district against teen pregnancy. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 29, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Nigeria: Aiico Partners ActionAid to End Infant Homicide in Nigeria
[Leadership] AIICO Insurance Plc has partnered ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) to tackle and put an end to infant homicide in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 27, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: VP Touray Says Govt Remains Committed to Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
[Foroyaa] The Gambia's Vice President, Dr. Isatou Touray, on 11th July 2021 said the promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights remain a national priority for the government, especially given its significance in sustainable development. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 26, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: In-Focus - How to Protect Hospitalised Infants From Dangerous Germs
[spotlight] Every few years it seems we see headlines of infants contracting dangerous infections in hospitals and in some cases dying of these infections. In January last year, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed an outbreak of Carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella infections in infants at Tembisa Hospital in Gauteng. In 2018, there was an outbreak at Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital in Gauteng and in 2016 at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 23, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Rwanda: How Community Health Workers Are Supporting Covid-19 Positive Expectant Mothers
[New Times] 28-year-old Olive Mujawamariya first felt mildly sick five days ago. The expectant mother of one says that at first, she felt some general body weakness but brushed it off as part of pregnancy fatigue. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 21, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: EFF Urges Zimbabweans Not to Use Contraceptives
[New Zimbabwe] The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Zimbabwe has discouraged Zimbabweans not to use contraceptives, saying the country needs more people to fully harness its abundance as well as underutilised resources. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 21, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Uganda: Post-Delivery Family Planning for Teenage Mothers Crucial
[Observer] Betty Namusisi, 23, is a mother of four children living in Namayuba village, Wakiso district. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 21, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Uganda: Do You Know Where Your Birth Control Is? Tracking Contraceptives Improves Services and Choice
[UNFPA] Kampala -- When Isirimu Margret got pregnant at 16, her hope to continue her studies vanished. She dropped out of school, married her partner and had their child. So when the chance to obtain family planning counselling arose at her local health facility through a programme supported by UNFPA, she took it and chose an implant that would last for three years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 21, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: Women Needing to Abandon Their Babies Don't Have Safe Options - This Must Change
[The Conversation Africa] In South Africa it is against the law to abandon a child - specifically an infant, in such a way that the baby is likely to die. But people are rarely prosecuted for this crime. This is usually because the perpetrator - often the mother - cannot be located. When found, individuals are usually charged with murder. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 21, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Rwanda: How Community Health Workers Are Dealing With Covid-19 Positive Expectant Mothers
[New Times] 28-year-old Olive Mujawamariya first felt mildly sick five days ago. The expectant mother of one says that at first, she felt some general body weakness but brushed it off as part of pregnancy fatigue. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 20, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Nigeria: Expert Urges Collaboration to Tackle Infertility, Other Health Challenges
[Daily Trust] A consultant gynaecologist and fertility specialist, Dr Kenneth Egwuda, has called for more collaboration among players in the health sector to ensure quality service delivery. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 20, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Fears Grow for Pregnant Women
[Zimbabwe Standard] A Matabeleland South youth civic organisation has raised security concerns about women awaiting delivery at maternity centres in Matobo district after criminals stormed a hospital there and raped two pregnant women. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 19, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Nigeria: NGO Rolls Out 2nd Cycle of IVF Grants to 40 Couples
[Daily Trust] A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation (IIF), has rolled out the second cycle of Project 40at40 which will gift 40 couples In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) grants in accordance with the wishes of its late founder. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 19, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: Without Contraception, Limpopo Women's Rights Are Being Violated
[spotlight] Since 2017, after having her last child *Nkhensani (38), a mother of three has been using injectable contraception in the form of Depo-Provera which she received from the Mukhoni Clinic in Collins Chabane District in Limpopo. She decided to take contraceptives after realising that she and her partner could no longer afford to raise more children. But from the beginning of lockdown in 2020, she says she could not access her contraceptive of choice because of stockouts at the clinic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 16, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Kenya: Experts Mull Future of Girls as 100,000 in Four Counties Fall Pregnant
[Nation] More than 100,000 teenagers in four counties fell pregnant last year in the wake of restrictive measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, leading to experts saying it is time to implement measures to safeguard the future of girls. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 16, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Namibia: New-Born Dumped
[Namibian] THE police in Ohangwena region are appealing for the assistance of the community in locating a woman who allegedly dumped her new-born baby. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 15, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Kenya: Expectant Mother Died Awaiting C-Section for 8 Hours
[Nation] Abdirahman Abdi is a distressed man. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 15, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Nigeria: Cross River Govt Gives Baby Factories 14 Days Ultimatum to Quit
[Vanguard] The Cross River State Government in a bid to checkmate child trafficking, unnecessary loss of lives of children and to help reduce the menace of street kids has through the office of the Honorable Commissioner for Health Dr Betta Edu called on all Maternity Homes and Orphanages to get registered and acquire an operational License for proper supervision and monitoring; within the next 14days or face arrest and further prosecution. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 12, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

East Africa: How Covid-19 Has Increased Fertility, Adolescent Pregnancy and Maternal Deaths in East and Southern African Countries
[UNFPA] LUANDA, Angola, MBABANE, Eswatini, PRETORIA, South Africa and LUSAKA, Zambia--"Young people are able to access [sexual and reproductive health] services but not as much as they used to before the lockdown," said Kondelwani Kamanga, a 27-year-old student from Zambia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 11, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: 'Covid-19 Vaccines Safe for Pregnant Women'
[The Herald] Rumbidzayi Zinyuke and Precious Manomano (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 9, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Ethiopia: Tigray Conflict Decimates Maternal Health Services, Overwhelms Health Workers
[UNFPA] Shire, Tigray -- "When the conflict broke out, I was two months pregnant. We were forced to flee and walk for days under the blazing sun to reach safety and protection," said Merhawit Gebremedhin, who is from the town of Dansha in Western Tigray, the Ethiopian region that has been caught up in conflict since November last year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 8, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: VP Chiwenga Shoots Down Contraceptives for Teenagers
[The Herald] Girls under the age of 16 cannot be given contraceptives as they cannot legally consent to legal sexual activity and if they required emergency contraceptive treatment this would require parental consent as would any medical treatment, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga told that National Assembly last week. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 5, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: False Story About Decuplets Was a Low Point for Journalism - How to Fix the Damage
[The Conversation Africa] It is difficult to imagine a bigger journalistic disaster than the recent decuplets story by Pretoria News, based in South Africa's capital city. But it may present an opportunity to think anew about what could be done to address journalism's crisis of trust. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 3, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Nigeria: Family Planning Saves Lives - We Need to Spread the Message to Men and Women
[Daily Trust] A year ago, I met a 26-year-old breastfeeding mother who was a graduate student. She was married with three children; the youngest was just eight months old. She started using oral contraceptives after the return of her menses following the birth, but she hid the pills from her husband. When he discovered them, he forced her to throw them away. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 1, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Namibia: Khomas Records 370 Pregnant Pupils in 2020
[Namibian] MORE than 370 schoolgoing girls fell pregnant in the Khomas region during the 2020 academic year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 1, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Nigeria: Covid-19 - Pay Attention to Reproductive Health During Public Health Emergencies, Experts Urge Govt, Others
[Daily Trust] Experts in the health sector have enjoined the federal government and other stakeholders to pay more attention to sexual and reproductive health during COVID-19 and other public health emergencies response and recovery processes. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 29, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Africa: Demystifying Digital Health to Improve Family Planning
[WHO] WHO Digital Adaptation Kits ensure quality of care as countries move from paper-based guidelines to dynamic digital systems. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 28, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Kidnapped Toddler Still to Be Found
[The Herald] Conrad Mupesa -- Mashonaland West Bureau (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 28, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Namibia: Mother Goes to Jail for Abandoning Baby
[Namibian] A 32-YEAR-OLD woman was this week sentenced in the Mariental Magistrate's Court to a fine of N$3 000 or six months' imprisonment for child neglect. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 28, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Namibia: Oshikoto Plagued By School Pregnancies, Dropouts
[Namibian] School dropout and pregnancy rates remain a challenge for the Oshikoto region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 25, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Rwanda: Trials and Tribulations of Teenage Pregnancies
[New Times] When she was impregnated at the age of 17, Alice Uwase (not real name) was a senior six candidate. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 25, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: UNFPA Representative Calls for Action On 'No Woman Should Die Giving Life'
[Foroyaa] Kunle Adeniyi, the Country Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the Gambia, has called for action to ensure that 'no woman dies while trying to give birth'. Adeniyi said made this call during the end of a twelve day campaign dubbed: "I Am for Zero". According to Adeniyi, the campaign is a platform that seeks to promote the realization of UNFPA's three transformative results: zero unmet need for family planning; zero preventable maternal death; zero gender-based violence; and harm (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 25, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Malawi: Ntchisi Registers Over 396 Teenage Pregnancies in 6 Months
[Nyasa Times] Ntchisi has registered a remarkable 396 teenage pregnancies in the past six months, the district's Youth Friendly Health Services (YFHS) Coordinator, Thokozani Kaledzera, has disclosed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
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