As South Africa joins the global community in fighting a pandemic, this presents an opportune moment to also reflect holistically on our health system, especially health services for womxn. As today marks World Health Day, it’s also important to remind ourselves of the importance of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for our overall health and well-being. By Angelica Pino, Programmes Director, Sonke Gender Justice.
The national health department’s draft of the revised contraception guidelines has left activists and experts worried, as it seems to disregard critical engagement with new research, and civil society concerns about the link between injectable contraception use and acquisition of HIV.
The apartheid-era practices of injecting women with a controversial contraceptive called Depo Provera without their consent, is persisting today, according to multiple reports from activists, health workers and women who use public health. HEALTH-E’s Amy Green reports.
The 41-page strategic framework focuses on five priority areas including the evidence-based revision of current policy and improved sexual and reproductive health and rights knowledge among adolescents and their caregivers.