In 2003, 294,000 induced abortions were estimated to occur each year in Uganda. In the first research on abortion incidence since then, data from 418 health facilities were used in 2013 to estimate the number and rate of induced abortion nationally and by major regions. The methodology used in both studies was comparable and permitted an assessment of trends between 2003 and 2013.
Although abortion has been legal under broad criteria in Nepal since 2002, a significant proportion of women continue to obtain illegal, unsafe abortions, and no national estimates exist of the incidence of safe and unsafe abortions.
Lead author Gilda Sedgh said: “These trends suggest that women and couples in the developed world have become more successful at avoiding unintended pregnancies… over the last two decades. High abortion rates are directly correlated to high levels of unmet contraceptive need.” In 2010-14, the abortion rate was 37 per 1,000 where abortion is restricted or prohibited altogether. In countries where it was available on request, the abortion rate was 34 per 1,000.
A selection of studies: Constructing a validated scale to measure community-level abortion stigma in Mexico; Abortion stigma around the globe: a qualitative synthesis; Abortion incidence between 1990 and 2014: global, regional, and sub-regional levels and trends; Measuring unsafe abortion-related mortality: a systematic review of the existing methods; Identifying indicators for quality abortion care: a systematic literature review; Randomized trial assessing home use of two pregnancy tests for determining early medical abortion outcomes at 3, 7 and 14 days after mifepristone.
Sarah C Keogh, Godfather Kimaro, Projestine Muganyizi, Affiliation: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania Jesse Philbin, Affiliation: Guttmacher Institute, New York, United States of America Amos Kahwa, Affiliation: National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania … Continued