Protecting adolescents from unplanned pregnancies through access to comprehensive SRHR services

By Dr Mildred T. Mushunje Adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health matters, and their lives matter!! Adolescents and young people constitute the bulge of population in the Sub-Saharan region, Zimbabwe in particular. An adolescent is any persons aged between 10 and 19 years. Very young adolescents are defined as those aged between 10 and 14 years and older adolescents as those aged between 15 and 19 years[1].  Investing in their good health and well-being increases their chances for better and more productive adult lives (SRHR Africa Trust, SAT, 2021[2]) yet they…

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Adolescents: the face of unsafe abortion: Time to act

By Mildred T. Mushunje (PhD) Background Abortion is a public health and human rights issue which remains highly stigmatized regardless of efforts to liberalise it. Zimbabwe is one of the countries with high cases of unintended pregnancies among adolescent girls, which contributes to unsafe abortions (ZDHS, 2015) and these account for about 5% to maternal deaths (Ministry of Health, 2015). Contrary to populist belief, abortion is permitted under the colonial Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1977 which allows for abortion under the specific circumstances of rape, incest and to save…

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