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sexual and reproductive health

En 2009, un projet de loi prévoyait la peine de mort pour les homosexuels séropositifs. ©Neamoscou
In Uganda, homosexuality is considered a crime punishable by long years in prison. In this country where an estimated 2% of the population is thought to be LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender), coming out is perilous, both for the people concerned and for their families. Despite the best...
According to the World Health Organization, every day 800 women worldwide die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth, with 13% of these deaths resulting from abortion procedures. To help reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with unwanted pregnancies and abortions in women...
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A difficult situation Angola (or the Republic of Angola) is a former Portuguese colony which became independent in 1975. Following the installation of the new regime, the country has been ravaged for 25 years by civil war, leaving the local health system in a disastrous condition. Over 1 million...
© Jelle Boone
After 20 years of civil wars and political instability, Somalia remains a conflict zone . As fighting is now concentrated in the south of the country, civilians are taking refuge in the north, particularly in the port city of Bosasso, in northern Puntland, a state in the far north of Somalia. It is...
In Kinshasa, about half of all pregnancies are unwanted and across the country, one in four girls becomes pregnant for the first time before the age of 19. Access to contraception is illegal for minors and abortion is permitted only for medical purposes, but even in such cases access to abortion is...
Niger © Olivier Papegnies
Malnutrition is a major public health problem in Niger. Whether severe or acute, approximately one in every 7 children is suffering from it. However, there are convincing results coming from therapeutic feeding centres. Therefore, by making them free of charge and increasing their capacity, access...
Women and children The Island’s overall health situation has deteriorated since the political crisis in 2009. Women are the first to suffer. By failing to arrive on time in healthcare centres, many of them die during childbirth. Whilst use of contraception has increased, access to modern, effective...
© Quentin Top
Virtually all women from the Afar people undergo extreme genital mutilation, with total ablation of the clitoris and the labia minora and with an almost total closure of the labia majora (this is known as infibulation and not excision). In zone 5 of the Afar region, this mutilation is carried out...
Malnutrition Contraception and family planning In Burkina Faso, and especially in the Sahelian province of Djibo, access to contraception and family planning is very difficult for women . This reflects the general difficulty in accessing care, often for geographic reasons but also and above all for...
Provinces in the north and east of Sri Lanka are slowly recovering from a civil war which lasted 26 years. Whilst there are positive developments throughout the country, they are difficult to measure for those who are the most impoverished. Women, many of whom find themselves alone, widowed or...