September 28th is an internationally recognized day because it is the International Safe Abortion Day. The Community Health Rights Network joined the rest of the world in commemoration of this day.
At 8:30am, tents were raised, tear drops flying and heavy music sounding, to the kids, it looked like a party but to the advocates, it was vividly a day demanding more efforts to save a life.
Budondo a village lying 8.5KM from Jinja City in the eastern region of Uganda was the main ground for the commemoration of this day. The COHERINET team, health service providers, and stake holders were all on ground to make it a success.
Post Abortion Care and Management, Post Abortion Counselling and Guidance, Family Planning, and information on Sexual Reproductive health commodities were the major services that were offered.
“We chose Budondo because statistics hold that Busoga region has a bigger percentage of Deaths arising from Unsafe Abortion and we can all agree that poverty in this part of the country is at the peak meaning women and girls here have limited access to PAC services and lack information on Unsafe abortion” Nakalembe Fatumah tells us.
Later on in the day, a mega dialogue that was aimed at understanding and phasing out the effects of Unsafe Abortion was held which was attended by various stake holders from the police force, the religious leaders, cultural leaders, delegates from the education sector, local leaders and students who collectively shared ideas and their opinions towards this cause.
“On average, we handle 26 cases of sexual harassments i.e. rape and defilement per month in this small village and 20 of those have an element of
unintended pregnancy meaning there are many terminations practiced, I can assure you they are mostly Unsafe methods” ASP Changat Omoding the OC Budondo police station narrates.
During this dialogue, a skit was acted by COHERINET team members with an aim of shading a better picture of the impacts of Unsafe Abortion and as part of our culture, the day was wrapped up by a bit of entertainment.
The theme of the day was and still stands, “Let Us Make Unsafe Abortion History”