Clandestine and Unsafe Abortion Common in Malawi

Clandestine and Unsafe Abortion Common in Malawi

New Evidence Can Inform Policy Discussions on Reducing Maternal Deaths New research estimates 141,000 abortions occurred in Malawi in 2015—at an annual rate of 38 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age—all of which indicates that abortion is common in the country. The majority of these procedures were performed under clandestine and unsafe conditions and often resulted in complications. The research, which was conducted by the U.S.-based Guttmacher Institute and the Centre for Reproductive Health…

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Unsafe abortion is common in Tanzania and is a major cause of maternal death

Unsafe abortion is common in Tanzania and is a major cause of maternal death

New Study Provides First-Ever National Estimates of Abortion Incidence in the Country In the first nationally representative study of the incidence of abortion and the provision of postabortion care in Tanzania, researchers found that clandestine abortion is common and is a major contributor to maternal death and injury. The study, conducted by researchers at the U.S.-based Guttmacher Institute and Tanzania’s National Institute for Medical Research and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, found that…

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Sierra Leone Parliament votes to reform abortion law

Sierra Leone Parliament votes to reform abortion law

Today in Sierra Leone, the country’s parliament voted unanimously in favor of a new abortion law that will make safe abortion legal. According to the World Health Organization, Sierra Leone has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world, including significant contribution from unsafe abortion. Honorable Isata Kabia brought forward a private member’s bill last week in Parliament. She cited the 2014 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Committee…

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Expanding health worker roles to help improve access to safe abortion and post-abortion care: WHO launches new guideline

WHO’s new guideline help to ensure equitable access to health-care 29 July 2015: Around 22 million unsafe abortions are estimated to take place worldwide each year, almost all in low- and middle-income countries. Adolescent girls and those who are poor, unmarried, less educated, and who live in rural contexts are particularly at risk of unsafe abortion. Even though safe, simple, effective primary health-care level interventions exist, many women still do not have access to them,…

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