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.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will invest about R1.2 billion in the next three years to enable countries to count women and girls, and generate crucial data on hundreds of thousands of women around the world.
This 91-page condensed version of South Africa’s latest maternal death audit shows that although maternal deaths are decreasing, worrying trends in the deaths of new and expecting moms persist.
Limpopo’s Thulamela Local Municipality has fixed a burst sewer pipe that sent putrid sewage spilling onto Thohoyandou city streets for about a week, but residents say they want to know why repairs took so long.
For hundreds of murdered South African women, the last face they see is a face they used to love. Almost 60 percent of women murdered annually may die by their partner’s hands but who is counting the women who die by their own hands when violence at home becomes too much, asks Garret Barnwell.
The approval of patents related to a breast cancer drug has allegedly given pharmaceutical giant Roche a near monopoly on a life-saving. When the price of life may be as much as R500,000, your bank balance may be a matter of life and death.
Imagine being in labour, vulnerable and scared and being told by hospital staff to clean up your own blood. For years, reports of women being abused during labour at public health facilities have made headlines. Now, a kinder, gentler birth for many South Africa women may come from an unlikely place.
A Chinese dried fruit delicacy is selling like hot cakes in the Free State as women believe the fruit will give them tighter, more youthful vaginas. Experts say the obsession with the mythical tight vagina says as about our understanding of anatomy as it does about our times.
The Free State Health Department has lost almost a quarter of its doctors in the last year. At Welkom’s Bongani Regional Hospital, the strain is beginning to show with deadly consequences for Free State women.