UGANDA – Experts call for safe abortion as part of essential health package for women

“When the doctor told me that we needed to discuss the results of my pregnancy test, I already knew I was pregnant; because I was just recovering from rape.” It was hard for her to accept the news, since she saw this as an end to her dream of becoming a teacher. I knew, without doubt, that I would be expelled from school and banished from home by my parents. I spent days in agony, … Continued

UGANDA – Why we should prevent unsafe abortion

In July 2018 a woman living in a Kampala suburb hired a 17-year-old maid. She soon noticed the maid tended to sleep a lot and was also using a lot of sanitary towels. A week later, the girl admitted she had abdominal pain, and there was growing evidence that she had intermittent bleeding from her vagina, including episodes of heavy bleeding. The woman made an appointment to take her to a gynaecologist. At first, the … Continued

POST-ABORTION CARE – Health Systems’ Capacity to Provide Post-Abortion Care: A Multi-Country Analysis Using Signal Functions

There are critical gaps in the provision of post-abortion care at all facilities that offer delivery services. In seven (70%) of ten countries, less than 10% of primary-level facilities could provide basic post-abortion care, and in eight (80%) of ten countries less than 40% of referral-level facilities could provide comprehensive post-abortion care. In no country could all referral facilities provide all the essential services that need to be included in basic post-abortion care.

UGANDA – Estimating abortion incidence among adolescents and differences in post-abortion care by age: a cross-sectional study of post-abortion care patients in Uganda

This paper provides the first estimate of the adolescent abortion rate in Uganda. Studies of adolescent abortion and reproductive health must account for sexual activity and marital status. Further, interventions to address unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion among unmarried women of all ages in Africa should be a priority.

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