By Draxon Maloya
Communities Call For Speedy Enactment of Termination of Pregnancy Bill.
Communities in and around Tukombo in Nkhatabay District have called upon government to consider speeding up the enactment of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill (TPB) if the country is to reduce the loss of lives due to complications emanating from unsafe abortions.
The call was made over the weekend when officials from the Coalition for the Prevention of Unsafe Abortions (COPUA)were meeting traditional and religious leaders to discuss the progress on some of the challenges which are still affecting women and girls on issues to do with Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRH)
Religious and traditional leaders agreed that there is a great need for government to consider speeding up the enactment of the legal provision on SRH and Rights considering an increase in maternal deaths emanating from unsafe abortions.
A Pastor for the Last Church, David Kaboma said those in authority should not pretend as if they cannot see or hear about the situation on the ground considering an increase in number of girls and women who are dying in hospitals while receiving post-abortion services.
“As a pastor I have gone to a number of places conducting church services to a number funerals where death is said to have been caused by some complications originating from unsafe abortions,
“Let us stop pretending as if we cannot see an increase in such deaths, and now is the time we should rise up and deal with what is killing our girls and women who could contribute to the socioeconomic growth of our country,” Kaboma said.
During the meeting a total of ten bicycles worthy Mk700, 000.00 were distributed to community champions from Nkhatabay and Mzimba Districts for continued awareness efforts on SRH and Rights to the youths and women in their jurisdictional areas.
One of the bicycle recipients, Ellen Banda was very thankful to International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) for the provision of bicycles which she said will go a long way in the delivery of SRH and Rights to the youths and women in many hard to reach areas.
“We are very thankful for these bicycles because it has been facing transportation challenges to meet our clients in hard to reach areas considering the long distances were walking in the provision of SRH and Youth Friendly Services,” Banda said.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Malawi is among the least developing nations where health facilities only provide Post-Abortion Care Services (PACS) which is one of the most expensive services.
IPPF is funding various COPUA interventions with the aim of reducing maternal deaths among women and girls to a tune of USD180, 000.00 for a period of three years.