When Joe Biden won the U.S. election in November, Nelly Munyasia breathed a sigh of relief. “I’m excited and hopeful that things will get better. We will get access to funding and save the lives of women and girls,” she says, before describing how difficult it has been in the past four years. Munyasia is executive director of the Kenya Reproductive Health Network (RHNK), which, among other things, promotes health services and provides abortion information. The network came under pressure from the administration of Donald Trump as a result.
In 2017, with an executive order, the U.S. president revived the Mexico City Policy (also known as the Global Gag Rule), which prevents international organisations that obtain U.S. funding from using money for abortion-related work from another source. Since its introduction in 1984, the policy – generally abolished by Democrats and reinstated by Republicans – has influenced global family planning. Under Trump, the policy was extended to cover virtually all U.S. bilateral global health assistance, affecting financing of $12 billion (8.9 million pounds). The policy had an immediate and catastrophic effect on the organization of Munyasia.
Through Planned Parenthood Global (PPG), which had declined to sign the global gag order, all the funding came from the U.S.
Up to $1 million per annum was lost to RHNK.
In order to stop educating more than 500 health workers, Munyasia had to stop outreach services to vulnerable groups. Thousands of women have not been able to access contraception, HIV tests or screenings for cancer. Pregnancies among teens increased, and women resorted to unsafe abortions. Fetuses were discovered on the banks of the river, Munyasia says, and in two years, 300,000 women and girls went down to 150,000 without care – and that was only thanks to funds secured through the SheDecides campaign. “We’ve lost 100% of our support.
That was devastating. We were in the process of renewing our contracts… When PPG told us they could not finance us. “Q&AWhat is the Global Gag Rule?” The Trump administration restored the Mexico City policy in January 2017, known as the “Global Gag Rule. ” The policy forbids international NGOs receiving U.S. funding from using funds originating abroad to do any abortion-related work. The scheme, historically scrapped by Democrats and reintroduced by Republicans, typically targets U.S.-funded family planning services. International Development Agency (USAid), although it has been extended under Donald Trump to cover all bilateral health support managed by any department or agency. That includes programs for HIV, malaria, water and sanitation, and nutrition.
Up to $12 billion in health funding has been impacted by the Preserving Life in Global Health Aid program. The full effect of the significantly expanded policy will not be understood for some time.
But, during the administrations of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, researchers who analyzed 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa found that abortion rates increased by about 40 percent, contraception usage decreased by 14 percent, and births increased by 12 percent when the gag rule was enforced. Even without the gag rule, an estimated 7 million women are hospitalized for unsafe abortions each year in low-income countries. There have been allegations of women drinking battery acid in the last four years or using sticks or wire coat hangers for abortions. In South Africa, Eswatini, Kenya and Mozambique, organisations receiving PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief) funds for HIV work have reported adjustments and the termination of some programs. The U.S. government claims there has been no major interruption of services. Was this helpful? Thank you for your input. The days before Biden is sworn in are being counted down by Munyasia. Things are in order, we are ready.
I’m sure we can find ways to easily access the funding,’ he said. Jonathan Rucks, senior director at the reproductive rights group PAI, says, “It’s not like flipping a light switch,” We will possibly have to reverse this by 2022.
It’s going to take a lot to reverse that and just make couples feel secure again and realize with their own tools what they can and can’t do. “When family p funding pp”