The Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Association of Malawi has been launched during a function which took place in Lilongwe on Wednesday.
Speaking during the launch, the association President, Professor Frank Taulo said the network will help to maintain high clinical and ethical standards as well as help in improving lives of Malawian women.
Taulo said another objective of the network is to encourage the highest standards of the training in obstetric and in gynaecology both at under and postgraduate levels.
Welcoming the association, Ministry of Health Chief Director of health services , Dr Charles Mwansambo, commended the launch of the association saying it will help to improve lives of women in the country.
“As a country, we are doing a lot to promote issues of maternal health in the country so the association will help doing more,” said Mwansambo who officially launched the association on behalf of the ministry.
During the launch the Obstetrician and Gynaecologists endorsed the law reform on abortion, after their president Taulo had posed a question, asking for the position of the medical experts, but it was transpired that almost all the delegates raised their hands to support the law reform on abortion.
One of the renowned gynaecologist, Dr Chisale Mhango said the law reform on abortion is very important .
“The new law on abortion will help to save life for our women, since currently government is loosing almost USD1Million per annum in treating the post care abortion,” said Chisale.
Reacting to the news, Coalition For The Prevention Of Unsafe Abortion ( COPUA) National coordinator, Chrispin Gwalawala Sibande said he was happy that the law reform on abortion is receiving backing from the experts themselves.
“These are the technical people who understands all the technical aspects of abortion in Malawi so to have them coming out clear, is a welcome development,” said Sibande.
Meanwhile, the association has released a communique at the end of their meeting, expressing worry that the current law on abortion is very restrictive and that there is a need for a new law.
“The targets for the reduction of maternal deaths in Malawi cannot be attained without eliminating deaths from unsafeabortion complications,” reads the communique in part.
The Malawi Special Law Commission on Abortion in July 2015, unveiled a final report on abortion law review which contains a new abortion bill known as Termination of Pregnancy Bill which advances for liberalisation of abortion in the country as opposed to decriminalisation.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :