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Safety of vaginal birth after single previous lower segment caesarean: a retrospective analysis of 200 cases

Authored by: Jain Renu

Published on : Jul 2018

Background : Vaginal birth after Caesarean delivery (VBAC) has long been proposed as a viable measure to reduce overall Caesarean delivery rates. The objective of present study was to assess predictive factors and to study outcome of pregnancy in women with one previous lower segment caesarean section underwent trial of scar, in author’s hospital setting.

Read more at : http://www.ijrcog.org/index.php/ijrcog/article/view/5006/3589

A study of feto-maternal outcome of jaundice in pregnancy

Authored by : Jyothi GS et.al.

Published on : May 2018

Background : Jaundice in pregnancy complicates 3-5% of cases and carries a grave prognosis. The purpose of the study was to assess the epidemiology, magnitude, causes and the maternal and fetal outcome of pregnancies complicated by jaundice.

Read more at : http://www.ijrcog.org/index.php/ijrcog/article/view/5049/3596

Pregnant women who requested a ‘108’ ambulance in two states of India

Authored by : Singh Samiksha et.al.

Published on : May 2018

Background : We studied the pregnant women, who requested a ‘108’ ambulance in two Indian states (Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Himachal Pradesh (HP)). We conducted a cross-sectional telephone survey to study the characteristics and outcomes of those who (1) were transported using ‘108’ ambulance, (2) were sent ‘108’ ambulance but did not use it and (3) were not assigned a ‘108’ ambulance. We conducted interviews within 24 hours of clients’ call and followed them up at 48 hours, on the 7th and 28th day. 90% of pregnant women callers in AP and only 16% in HP were from poorer socioeconomic circumstances. 22.5% of women who were not provided an ambulance in HP lived in tribal areas. A higher proportion of women who were transported using ‘108’ reported either a high-risk condition (AP, 22%; HP, 27%) or an early complication in pregnancy (AP and HP, 16%), compared with the other groups (AP, 18% and 8%; HP, 19% and 16%). In AP, women who were sent an ambulance but did not use it had higher prevalence of obstetric emergency (9.8%) compared with the other groups (ambulance used, 7.4%; not assigned, 4.1%). One-fifth of women in AP and one-seventh in HP delivered by caesarean section. One woman who called, but was not transported by ‘108’, died in AP. Ten stillbirths and 22 neonatal deaths were reported in AP and 17 and 16, respectively, in HP. Strategies are required to improve ‘108’ service for tribal areas in HP. The ‘108’ services should be improved to reduce non-use of ambulance, especially for women who report obstetric emergencies.

Read more at : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5935162/

Triple burden of disease and out of pocket healthcare expenditure of women in India

Authored by : Ladusingh Laishram et.al.

Published on : May 2018

Background : Women, unlike men, are subjected to triple burden of disease, namely, non-communicable and communicable diseases and reproductive health related diseases. To assess prevalence of triple burden of disease of currently married women and to contrast out of pocket maternal care expenditure of these diseases in India.

Read more at : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5945049/


NEWS Articles…

Brookings India consortium brings together researchers analysing National Family Health Survey IV

Published on : May 2nd, 2018

Source : Brooking.edu

The National Family Health Survey 2015-16 conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare provides information at an individual, household, district, state, and country level about various metrics related to health. The survey’s 800,000+ household observations are appropriately weighted by the International Institute of Population Sciences to provide accurate statistics at each unit of analysis.

Read more at : https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2018/05/02/brookings-india-consortium-brings-together-researchers-analysing-national-family-health-survey-iv/

PM Narendra Modi may announce Ayushman Bharat scheme on August 15 - Ayushman Bharat is National Health Protection Scheme, which will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families providing coverage up to 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation.

Published on: May 9th, 2018

Source : zeenews.india.com

Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may announce the Ayushman Bharat Scheme, National Health Protection plan, on August 15, 2018, from the ramparts of the Red Fort. Sources close to the development informed Zee Business's Anurag Shah that the Ayushman Bharat scheme will be announced by the PM during the 71st Independence speech on August 15.

According to a senior insurance official “all government insurance companies have been asked to prepare for the launch of the scheme” and PM will launch the scheme on 15th August. There are concerns related to the premium that will be paid under the scheme and the insurance companies have requested the government to raise the premium amount for those who will take the benefits of the scheme.

Read more at: http://zeenews.india.com/india/pm-narendra-modi-may-announce-ayushman-bharat-scheme-on-august-15-2106559.html

Mumbai public hospitals to get 280 more ventilators in neonatal wards by June

Published On : May 9th, 2018

Source : Hindustantimes

To improve neonatal care, the Brihamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will add 280 ventilators in its hospitals by June.

“Babies born prematurely often have underdeveloped lungs and have trouble breathing because of which they need ventilators. Around 15% of the prematurely born children require ventilator support,” said Dr Bhupendra Avasthi, founder of Surya Hospital, Santacruz.

Dr Avinash Supe, director of municipal hospitals, said, there are 900 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, but only 450 of them have ventilators. “According to the policy, we should try and have a ventilator for each bed,” he said.

Read more at: https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/mumbai-public-hospitals-to-get-280-more-ventilators-in-neonatal-wards-by-june/story-RYsIrWHhv7rKuu15q5kjQI.html

RTI data: Over 13,000 infant deaths in 10 months in Maharashtra - Data gathered through Right to Information (RTI) from the public health department had showed that 13,541 pediatric deaths have been recorded between April 2017 and February 2018.

Published on: May 11th, 2018

Source : Times of India

Maximum number of deaths among children continue to take place immediately after their birth, indicating the need for strengthening neonatal care programme in Maharashtra. Data gathered through Right to Information (RTI) from the public health department had showed that 13,541 pediatric deaths have been recorded between April 2017 and February 2018.

Of these, 65 per cent deaths occurred in cases of new borns aged less than 28 days. The RTI query, filed by activist Chetan Kothari, shows analysis of 11,532 deaths that occurred in the last one year. Of these, 54 per cent deaths were recorded among boys and 46 per cent among girls. While 65 per cent deaths happened in the first 28 days after birth due to prematurity and low weight, 21 per cent deaths happened among children aged less than one and 14 per cent were recorded in children beyond one year.

Read more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/rti-data-over-13000-infant-deaths-in-10-months-in-maharashtra-5170726/

Make comprehensive health care affordable: TN Guv to docs

Published on: May 12th, 2018

Source : Press Trust of India

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit today appealed to doctors and nurses to join hands to make comprehensive healthcare affordable in the state. "The mission before us is to make health care comprehensive, universal, affordable and qualitatively professional," he said while addressing a National Conference on Nurses here.

"For achieving this objective, the road ahead is going to be complex and arduous," he said adding that it requires combined efforts of doctors and nurses to achieve success.

Read more at: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/make-comprehensive-health-care-affordable-tn-guv-to-docs-118051200644_1.html

Women’s organisations blame hospitals’ greed - The increase in C-Section deliveries is proving to be a new hazard for maternal health” said Rajakumari.

Published on: May 13th, 2018

Source : deccanchronicle.com

Vijayawada: Women’s organisations in AP and Telangana have been agitating over the irrational increase in C-section deliveries in the Telugu states.

Terming this as a tool for looting more money from the families who are vulnerable, the women’s organizations have been demanding that the governments implement laws and guidelines for curtailing unnecessary surgeries.

Read more at: https://deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/130518/womens-organisations-blame-hospitals-greed.html

Efforts to prevent neonatal deaths must pick up: UNICEF

Published on: May 13th, 2018

Source : india.com

New Delhi, May 13 (PTI) UNICEF India, as part of its global campaign, ‘EveryChildALIVE’, sought today acceleration of efforts to eliminate preventable neonatal deaths — when a baby dies in the first 28 days of life — by 2030, with a focus on the girl child.

‘EveryChildALIVE’ is UNICEF’s global signature campaign to demand and deliver affordable, quality healthcare solutions for every mother and newborn. Given that India contributes to nearly one fifth of the global burden of under-five age group deaths and around a quarter of the global burden of neonatal deaths, this campaign focuses on creating an in-depth discourse around the issues, a statement by UNICEF stated.

Read more at: http://www.india.com/news/agencies/efforts-to-prevent-neonatal-deaths-must-pick-up-unicef-3051337/

Abortions in city rise 5%, health experts dub it a ‘positive’ trend

Published on: May 14th, 2018

Source : timesofindia.indiatimes.com

MUMBAI: After seeing a fall for the first time in a decade in 2016-17, abortion figures rose again by 5% in the city in 2017-18.

Health experts called it a positive sign indicative of the fact that more women are accessing safe abortions at legal centres.

In 2017-18, 35,358 women had medical termination of pregnancies (MTP) at the city’s 680 registered centres and hospitals, of which 96% were done in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. That only 4% in their second trimester availed of the services, however, surprised experts. Statistics say that about15% women seek an abortion in the second trimester due to late discovery of pregnancy, decision making, healthcare access and financial issues.

Read more at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/abortions-in-city-rise-5-health-experts-dub-it-a-positive-trend/articleshow/64152561.cms

UP govt's 'shagun' to newly-weds include condoms, pregnancy test

Published on: May 15th, 2018

Source : The Asian Age

To promote family planning, the kit has a marriage registration form, contraceptive pills, and a home pregnancy testing kit among others.

The kit also has a congratulatory message from the health and family welfare minister.

Allahabad: In a bid to promote family planning, the Uttar Pradesh state health department has started distributing a special gift (shagun) to all newly-weds, an official said.

Read more at: http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/150518/up-govts-shagun-to-newly-weds-include-condoms-pregnancy-test.html

More women experience partner violence in B'desh, India than Nepal: report

Published on: May 16th, 2018

Source : Press Trust of India

More women experience partner violence, both physical and sexual, in Bangladesh and India than Nepal, according to a new report.

India has been ranked second among thirteen Asian and Middle Eastern countries in terms of number of women experiencing partner violence, according to the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission's report on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

According to the report, Bangladesh has the highest number of women who have faced partner violence, while Singapore has recorded the least number of such incidents.

Read more at: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/more-women-experience-partner-violence-in-b-desh-india-than-nepal-report-118051601338_1.html

Globally 25mn unsafe abortions take place every year: Report

Published on: May 18th, 2018

Source : timesofindia

Every year 25 million unsafe abortions take place, which compromise the sexual and reproductive health of women around the world, revealed an alarming report published in the journal The Lancet.

The report showed that globally as many as 180 million couples get affected by infertility; nearly two million people become infected with HIV and nearly 266,000 women die from cervical cancer.

Read more at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health-news/globally-25mn-unsafe-abortions-take-place-every-year-report/articleshow/64216883.cms

India ranks 145th among 195 countries in healthcare, disparity among states - Goa and Kerala had the highest scores in 2016, both over 60, whereas Assam and Uttar Pradesh had the lowest, both below 40.

Published on: May 25th, 2018

Source : indianexpress.com

India ranks a lowly 145th among 195 countries in terms of healthcare access and quality in 2016, as assessed in a Global Burden of Disease study published in The Lancet. The study used an index based on 32 causes of death that should be preventable with effective medical care. Each country was given a healthcare access and quality (HAQ) score between 0-100. India’s HAQ score is 41.2, up from 24.7 in 1990.

For the first time, the study also analysed healthcare access and quality between regions of seven countries including India. China and India had the widest disparities of 43.5 and 30.8 points, respectively, while Japan had the narrowest of 4.8 points. In India, the 30.8-point difference marks an increase in disparity from 23.4 points in 1990. Goa and Kerala had the highest scores in 2016, both over 60, whereas Assam and Uttar Pradesh had the lowest, both below 40.

Read more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-ranks-145th-among-195-countries-in-healthcare-disparity-among-states-lancet-5190070/

Know your health rights

Published on: May 27th, 2018

Source : The Hans India

In the year 1987, May 28th was declared as International Day of Action for Women's Health or International Women's Health Day. Since then each year this day is celebrated by women’s and health groups. Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network (LACWHN) and Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) are working together to make this campaign successful.

The main objective of this day is to raise awareness on the issues related to women’s health and well-being such as Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). It is one of the best platforms to remind everyone specially the government leaders and parliamentarians that the women’s health matters.

Read more at: http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Health/2018-05-27/Know-your-health-rights/384551

International Day of Action for Women’s Health 2018: Why women’s health needs more mileage than any other health campaign in India right now – Rather than a unidirectional approach, we need a lifecycle approach to ensure better care and good health for every woman.

Published on: May 28th, 2018

Source : thehealthsite

If we say that women’s health programs need to be more aggressive and assertive in approach compared to the other public health campaigns conducted in India, for which we pledge our support and consistency, believe us we aren’t asking for too much. When it comes to women’s health, despite the fancy campaigns and pharmaceutical brands backed awareness programs, we know we aren’t doing enough. Yes, we have educated women enough on calcium deficiency, anaemia, STDs and the importance of maternal health. But somewhere a holistic approach to making her fitter and stronger from inside out is missing. We know despite our good intentions when it comes to addressing the challenges regarding women’s health something is amiss. Most of our approaches are target specific and not inclusive.

Read more at: http://www.thehealthsite.com/news/why-womens-health-needs-more-mileage-than-any-other-health-campaign-in-india-right-now-d0518/

Where Does India Stand When It Comes to Safe Access to Abortions?

Published on: May 28th, 2018

Source : fit.thequint.com

Nineteen-year-old Anamika (name changed) is still coming to terms with the turns her life has taken over the last year. Educated only till middle school in Mumbai, she lives in a dilapidated building in Mulund with her father, who owns a small tea shop and her mother, a homemaker. Her elder sister got married two years ago and now lives in a small town near Pune with her husband, daughter and in-laws.

“Last year, a new family moved close to my house. They moved here from Sangli district in Maharashtra. The son, Ashish, was two years older to me and a peon in an office. He started pursuing me, buying me gifts and telling me he wanted to marry me,” says Anamika. A relationship was in the offing.

Read more at: https://fit.thequint.com/her-health/india-safe-access-to-abortion-rights

Sex in India: 1 in 3 men think contraception is a ‘woman’s business’ - Most Indians are aware of contraceptive methods but not all of them are fully informed about how they work, or when the likelihood of pregnancy tends to be higher

Published on: May 29th, 2018

Source : livemint.com

Mumbai/New Delhi: Most adults in India today are aware of contraceptive methods but not all of them are fully informed about how contraceptives work, or when the likelihood of pregnancy tends to be higher, according to data from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS), a large-scale nationally representative survey conducted in 2015-16.

Among the different methods of contraception, the pill is the one that most women (85%) were aware of. Awareness about the male condom was slightly lower (79%). Among men, most were aware of the male condom (94%) followed by the pill (81%). Awareness about the female condom was the lowest among both men and women.

Awareness of contraceptive methods is almost universal in India, with 99% of married women and men aged 15-49 knowing at least one method of contraception.

Read more at: https://www.livemint.com/Politics/b7UVIPmQ1wdnR2VXDe5yNM/Sex-in-India-What-Indians-know-about-pregnancy-contracepti.html


Blog Articles…

More than one Mother’s Day: Time to further reduce maternal mortality rate

Published by: Economic Times

Published On: 13th May, 2017

Life expectancy in India has increased almost four years in the last decade. Every 24 hours, India added more than nine hours to the life of a newborn — thereby ‘allowing’ a baby born today four more years of life. To a large extent, this progress is due to substantial reductions in infant and maternal mortality, dropping a quarter and a third over the last decade.

Yet, India can do better. It ranks 145th out of 193 nations on infant mortality, and 129 of 184 nations on maternal mortality, according to the World Bank.

Read full article at: https://blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com/et-commentary/more-than-one-mothers-day-time-to-further-reduce-maternal-mortality-rate/

Childbirth experiences of dalit women – “dignity matters”

Published by: Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (RUWSEC)

Published On: 15th September, 2016

Childbirth experiences of dalit women – “dignity matters”

Read full article at: http://www.ruwsec.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Blogspot-4.pdf

Sexual and Reproductive health of young people living with HIV

Published by: Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (RUWSEC)

Sexual and Reproductive health of young people living with HIV

Read the full article at: http://www.ruwsec.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Blogspot-3.pdf

Voluntary and Informed Consent in Female Sterilisation - position of Indian courts

Published by: Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (RUWSEC)

Voluntary and Informed Consent in Female Sterilisation - position of Indian courts

Read the full article at: http://www.ruwsec.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Blogspot-3.pdf

Are the present reverible methods of contraception a true basket of choice for Indian women?

Published by: Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (RUWSEC)

Are the present reverible methods of contraception a true basket of choice for Indian women?

Read the full article at: http://www.ruwsec.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Blogspot-Content2.pdf



Report - World Health Statistics 2018: Monitoring health for the SDGs

Published by : World Health Organisation, 2018


The World Health Statistics series is WHO’s annual snapshot of the state of the world’s health. This 2018 edition contains the latest available data for 36 health-related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators. It also links to the three SDG-aligned strategic priorities of the WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work: achieving universal health coverage, addressing health emergencies and promoting healthier populations.

Source : http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/272596/9789241565585-eng.pdf?ua=1

Ensuring Reproductive Rights: Reform to Address Women's and Girls' Need for Abortion After 20 Weeks in India

Published by : Centre for Reproductive Rights, 2018


In May 2017, the Supreme Court of India denied a medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) to Z., a 35-year old woman from Patna, Bihar living with HIV who became pregnant as a result of rape. Z. was homeless and discovered that she was 17 weeks pregnant and HIV positive when she was admitted into a government shelter. Although Indian law permits MTP until 20 weeks on several grounds, including rape and risks to the pregnant woman's health, Z.'s request for an abortion was denied by a government hospital which improperly demanded spousal and parental consent, despite the fact that the law requires neither for adult women. The hospital's refusal led Z. to file for permission from the High Court of Judicature at Patna, which denied her permission on reasoning that the Supreme Court on appeal stated was "completely erroneous." Although the Supreme Court recognized that Z.'s rights had been violated as the result of improper requirements imposed on her, she was ultimately denied an abortion because she was nearly 26 weeks pregnant by the time she was able to file the appeal.

Source : https://www.reproductiverights.org/sites/crr.civicactions.net/files/documents/Post-20-Week-Access-to-Abortion-India-0218.pdf

Report on the Regional consultation on SDG 2 Substainable Development Goals Agenda @ 2030

Coordinated by : Wada Na Todo Abhiyan

Access the report at : http://wadanatodo.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/REPORT-ON-THE-REGIONAL-CONSULTATION-ON-SDG-2SUSTAINABLE-DEVELOPMENT-GOALSAGENDA-2030.pdf



Implementation Guide for the Medical Eligibility Criteria and Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use Guidelines

Author : WHO, 2018

This Implementation guide for the WHO medical eligibility criteria and selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use [hereafter referred to as the “implementation guide for the MEC and SPR”] is part of a global initiative to translate guidance into practice, through the principles of implementation science. Implementation of MEC/SPR guidance through a national programme is a complex, multidisciplinary process that requires engagement from multiple stakeholders. Furthermore, implementation can and should be pursued in a systematic and evidence-based manner. This document presents a structured process that will aid countries in their efforts to incorporate the latest MEC and SPR guidance, and their updates, into national family planning guidelines

Source : http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/272758/9789241513579-eng.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

WHO recommendations: intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience

Author : WHO, 2018

This up-to-date, comprehensive and consolidated guideline on essential intrapartum care brings together new and existing WHO recommendations that, when delivered as a package, will ensure good-quality and evidence-based care irrespective of the setting or level of health care. The recommendations presented in this guideline are neither country nor region specific and acknowledge the variations that exist globally as to the level of available health services within and between countries. The guideline highlights the importance of woman-centred care to optimize the experience of labour and childbirth for women and their babies through a holistic, human rights-based approach. It introduces a global model of intrapartum care, which takes into account the complexity and diverse nature of prevailing models of care and contemporary practice.

The recommendations in this guideline are intended to inform the development of relevant national- and local-level health policies and clinical protocols. Therefore, the target audience includes national and local public health policy-makers, implementers and managers of maternal and child health programmes, health care facility managers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), professional societies involved in the planning and management of maternal and child health services, health care professionals (including nurses, midwives, general medical practitioners and obstetricians) and academic staff involved in training health care professionals.

Read further and download at : http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/260178/9789241550215-eng.pdf;jsessionid=021A59B4619D03F74AEFBD0EEE360064?sequence=1

Family Planning - A global handbook for providers 2018 edition

Author : WHO, 2018

The 2018 edition of the Handbook includes new WHO recommendations that expand contraceptive choices. WHO encourages all national health systems and other organizations providing family planning to consider this new edition of the Global Handbook a key document to help ensure the quality and safety of family planning services.

Read further and download at : http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/260156/9780999203705-eng.pdf?sequence=1

Guidelines for maternal death Surveillance & Response

Author : Published by: Government of India, National Health Mission, 2017

Source : http://www.nhm.gov.in/images/pdf/programmes/maternal-health/guidelines/Guideline_for_MDSR.pdf


Video/Media Clips

Midwifery in India

Published in : May 4th, 2018

Source : By Birth India


India needs Midwifery Model of Healthcare.

This film aims to Inform, Celebrate, Motivate and Advocate the need for midwifery led maternal care in India.

Vasectomy Is the Birth Control Method for Men - Manipal Hospital

Published in : May 19, 2018

Source : By Manipal hospital


This animated video is an informative presentation that talks about a birth control method for Men- Vasectomy. A vasectomy procedure is a permanent method of birth control for men also known as male permanent sterlisation, in which the surgeon cuts and seals off a section of the male reproductive tract in order to prevent sperm from exiting the man’s body during ejaculation. Vasectomy is one form of sterilisation. In a conventional vasectomy, a scalpel will be used to make a small incision on one side of your scrotum, the thin skin pouch that houses the testicles. Your physician will isolate the vas deferens and lift it through the incision. At this point you may feel a pulling sensation, the vas deferens will be cut and a small piece may be removed. Next, the newly cut end of the vas deferens will be tied, sealed with surgical clips or cauterised. The vas deferens will be returned to the scrotum and the incision is closed with the stitches. The same steps will be repeated on the other side of the scrotum. In the non-scalpel method, your doctor will use a special ringed instrument to hold and expose the vas deferens. From this point on the procedure will be the same as the conventional vasectomy. Watch the video to know more about Vasectomy.


Gender Equality through Learning & Leadership in India: Strengthening Asia's SRHR Advocacy (part 1)

Published in : May 23, 2018

Source : By ARROwomen


In 2017, at the end of a four-year long journey in advocacy embarked by ARROW and 15 partners from 15 different countries, we sat down with four of them to discuss the nuanced and highly-contextual issues and gaps that needs to be prioritised in terms of SRHR, and in the larger context of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. In this video, the Rural Women's Social Education Centre (RUWSEC) based in Tamilnadu talks of how as awareness of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) from the general public in India has increased, discussions around the subject (and women's rights in general) remains largely contained in the private sphere, as many people still think that sexuality is a 'taboo subject'. Visit RUWSEC's website here: http://www.ruwsec.org/

Unsaid, Unseen, Unheard

Published in : Jun 1, 2017

Source : By Arth Society


This documentary feature explores and contrasts changes in Rajasthan (India), regarding abortion laws and their impact on the lives of women. The film aims to emphasize the need for safe abortions and illustrates the paradox that the implementation of such laws have little effect on accessibility of abortion services. The film includes stories of women who witnessed their friends / relative's death from illegal abortion and of activists, government officials, doctors and other women who live with this problem every day.