10 Facts About the 10-Week-After Pill

  Source: carafem.org If you’re a frequent reader (which we hope you are!), you may have seen our 10-Week-After Pill campaign that ran on bus shelters, a truck driving around DC, mobile, and social media ads. Due to the confusion and misunderstanding about what the abortion pill is, and the benefits it provides, we’ve worked…

Successful Fem launch highlights need for access to safe abortion in Gauteng

After much work and anticipation, Fem launched in Gauteng on March 03, 2017, one of the nine provinces of South Africa. On launch day, our SMS based referral campaign was in place, our social media platforms were live, and our first press release was sent out to different media houses in order to help spread…

Safe abortion closer for South African women: the countdown to launch

Only a few days away from officially launching our mHealth tool in South Africa, we could not be more pleased with the progress we have made. Countdown with us! FIVE: Focus Group Testing! This past week we conducted our first round of focus group testing. Our SMS platform was used in real-time by real people,…

How South Africa’s Reality is Impacting our mHealth Tool

After a week of meetings in Cape Town, the safe2choose mHealth South Africa team progressed on to Johannesburg (Joburg) where we continued making strides in preparing for the roll-out of the referral Our meetings there included rich engagements with government officials in Pretoria and Mpumalanga as well as a sex workers organization and WITS University…

Using Mobile Health to Address Safe Abortion Information Gaps in South Africa

While safe2choose.org operates globally, we recognize that not every woman in the places where our services are needed has internet access. With this in mind, we began building a team in South Africa over six months ago and have been investigating the specific problems that exist with the South African systems of service delivery, and…

Opinion: 7 international family planning trends that will shape 2017

Use of modern contraception is increasing in developing countries, including in historically low-performing regions such as West Africa. However, contraceptive adoption must rise further in order to reach the ambitious goal of 120 million more family planning users by 2020 set by the Family Planning 2020 movement. In this complex global policy area there are…

Simple solutions to reduce unsafe abortions in South Africa

The WHO estimates that, worldwide, one woman dies every 8 minutes from an unsafe abortion that could have been prevented [1]. To its credit, South Africa has come a long way since 1994 when nearly 45,000 women were admitted to hospitals for spontaneous abortions or complications of clandestine abortions [2]. Since the Choice on Termination…

The pill of choice by Letícia Bahia

The positive result of her pregnancy test fell heavy on Ana’s shoulders, a 28 year old Brazilian woman. Her job as a maid could barely feed her 3 children. Her husband was unemployed and had been coping with alcohol. Desperate, she seeked help from her neighbour, Maria. Years before Ana learned that Maria had also…