Mudede’s claim that contraception causes cancer is misleading and alarmist

June 23, 2014 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Africa, News

Mudede’s claim that contraception causes cancer is misleading and alarmist 


In remarks at an Africa Day celebration in Harare on 25 May, Zimbabwe’s Registrar General, Tobaiwa Mudede, advised the country’s women to stop using contraceptives, the state-owned Herald newspaper reported two days later.

According to the report, which was picked up and repeated by a number of other Zimbabwean and South African media and sent to Africa Check, the chief registrar claimed, among other things, that:

*    the promotion of birth control measures is a “ploy” by western nations to retard population growth in Africa;

*    the use of these contraceptives made women at greater risk of developing cancer, and should be stopped.

So what is the evidence? Africa Check investigated.

What evidence did Mudede present?
Africa Check asked the Registrar General’s office, which normally deals with administrative matters such as passports, birth and death certificates, not health concerns, to provide a full transcript of the Registrar’s remarks.

They declined to do so, and refused to answer when asked what evidence he had for his comments and whether or not he has had formal training in medicine.


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