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Nurse training on contraceptives needed

December 30, 2016
Gender   News   OurHealth   Reproductive Health   Women's Health  

Lack of proper training on Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) leads to a high rate of accidental pregnancies within the first year of use. In South Africa as many as 600 000 women experience unwanted pregnancies due to contraceptive failure. Globally the rated of accidental pregnancies is 40%. This should not have to be.

Breastfeeding’s protections last into old age

Recent research suggests that breast milk can protect newborns from developing obesity and diabetes later in life.

SMS service helps nurses help mothers

The NurseConnect text message service can help health workers take better care of mothers.

Moms with HIV set to get connected

MomConnect delivers text messages to women, with information geared towards their stage of pregnancy – and soon pregnant women with HIV will be able to receive specialised messages.

Placing pleasure at the heart of safe sex

There’s a new sex toy in town – an erotic accessory that increases sexual pleasure and keeps you safe. Because it’s such a potent weapon in combatting HIV the government is distributing them to all corners of the country. Now they just have to persuade young people to use them.

Quarter of pregnancies globally may end in abortion

May 20, 2016
Reproductive Health   Women's Health  

Almost 90 percent of abortions occur in the developing world, pointing to an unmet need for contraception among the bulk of the world’s women, finds a new report.

R9 billion needed to close contraception gap

More than 20 million young women are not accessing contraception globally, resulting in about 10 million unintended pregnancies each year, according to a new report by US reproductive health and rights organisation Guttmacher Institute.