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Taking a bull by the horns: stopping illegal abortions in South Africa.

We would like to stop people practicing illegal abortion in the country to end.

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This issue of illegal health practice has been in the country for quiet some time, the perpetrators of these acts have caused horrendous deaths and more sever problems to adolescents and women who seek their services. Data available indicates that between 2014-16, the Health department in the Kwazulu natal province, admitted 12031 women of which were victims of botched abortions.It furher states that in the previous year, 20013 were admitted to hospitals due to visting illegal clinics or surgery. 

According to the press statement, released by the MEC Dr, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, he said it was a matter of great concern that women and adolescents were still turning to street health practitioners to seek services of health.“It is alarming that we see these illegal abortion providers on street corners distributing illegal abortion pamphlets, and we also see these adverts plastered on nearly all the street walls and lamp posts.”

“The Guttmacher Institute and World Health Organisation estimate that over half of all abortions in southern Africa are unsafe,” said Thompson.

She said the rate of unregulated abortion advertising points to a high demand for these services and the need for greater access to abortion care countrywide. Its upon that background that i would like to design solutions that can enable to fight such challenge.

This project will look into factors that  are two fold; a) factors that make people shun away from established Health centers to seek services from people operating in street.

b) looking into factors that can entice the young population to seek reproductive information in a manner that is very friendly to their community set ups for instance, a school going adolescent her package of needs is quite different from a similar peer who is working in the informal sector, or who stays at home. There is also an interesting scenario in South Africa of young girls who are told by their boyfriends to conceive and give birth at every moment possible to have more money for child care administered monthly. All these groups need to have special packages of information differently.

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Abortion pamaphlet.docx

This attachment carries information of pamphlets posted at all street corners within the country luring victims to practice illegal abortion but also other health services.

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