AFRICA – Livingstone Safe Abortion Care Charter

To celebrate International Women’s Day in 2023, OB-GYN national societies across Africa reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen access to safe abortion care through the launch of the Livingstone Safe Abortion Care Charter.

The Livingstone Safe Abortion Care Charter, which was initially discussed by OB-GYN societies from East, Central and Southern Africa, has been quick to gain support and momentum from OB-GYN societies from across the continent.

The Charter focuses on seven key priority areas that OB-GYNs identified to address the scale of unsafe abortion – a leading cause of preventable maternal deaths and disabilities. The national societies have pledged to leverage their clinical expertise and resources to promote safe abortion, a time-sensitive and essential health care.

Signatories included OB-GYN societies from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia.