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VCAT Training empowers journalist to write about unsafe abortion in Tanzania

8 August 2022

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In this quarter, Marie Stopes has seen a series of health articles on unsafe abortion and Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH), thanks to the refresher VCAT (Values Clarification and Attitude Transformation) training to journalists and editors conducted by Marie Stopes Tanzania (MST) in collaboration with the CAMMAC coalition. Other articles also touched on restrictive laws, policies that bar attention to impregnated sexually abused young girls and women on their rights to medical attention including access to comprehensive Post Abortion Care services. There have been over 40 stories, between April to June 2022, calling for the need to exercise Article 14 of the Maputo Protocol, raising awareness of unsafe abortion, aiming to influence decision-makers on unsafe abortion issues and rights, and promoting and supporting MSI Tanzania services. The training conducted in May 2022 has contributed to raising a lot of awareness to the media and the public at large on sexual reproductive health, unsafe abortion issues to do with women and young girls' rights to their health in general. Such stories cantering on the extent and complications resulting from unsafe abortion to unexpected pregnant young girls and women in the country. The stories have also cited data by Guttmacher in partnership with the Institute of Human Diseases at the Muhimbili National Hospital which indicates that 50% of unexpected pregnant mothers ended up having unsafe abortions using various traditional tools which in turn risked their lives. MST has been conducting various VCAT trainings to journalists, editors and capacity building to Members of Parliament to call for the domestication of article 14 of the Maputo Protocol so that women can exercise their health rights 

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