- Commission on Social Determinants of Health: Final reports and additional documents of the Knowledge Networks
- Africa Regional Sexuality Resource Centre (ARSRC)
- Gender and AIDS portal of UNIFEM
- Human Rights Watch
Barriers to Womens Rights in Implementation of The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act (CTOPA) in KwaZulu- Natal
Unsafe abortions are recognised as a global health problem. It is estimated that, worldwide and annually, twenty (20) million abortions are induced by untrained people under medically unsafe conditions. It is further estimated that, worldwide and annually, eighty thousand (80 000) women die as a result of unsafe abortions while another five (5) million women suffer non-fatal health problems (UNDP) as a consequence of unsafe abortions.
Draft UNGASS Report: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Indicators - A case study from South Africa
A workshop was held in July 2007 hosted by MOSAIC at which the participating organisations discussed the identified indicators, refined these and shared research and findings. In collaboration with GESTOS (GESTOS - Soropositividade, Comunicao e Gnero) this forms part of a 16 country process.
Many HIV positive women after dealing with the initial hurdle or diagnosis and treatment express the desire to choose to have a child. Work has been done in this area by various researchers. There is a clear need to develop more work in this area. This is of particular importance as HIV positive women begin to feel better on treatment and decide to choose to have a child. Contraception for women on HAART is not well understood.
HIV-positive pregnant women should be told about and referred to, if they request this, abortion services as part of a continuum of care. Currently, only surgical abortions are available; however, medical abortion clinical guidelines are being finalized by the DOH. This should expand options for safe early legal termination of pregnancy; the earlier a pregnancy is terminated, the safer it will be. Medical abortion is generally done in the first 56 days of pregnancy so would assist greatly in reducing costs and the demands on a health facility.