Time to Act – Comprehensive Abortion Care in East Africa

by Amanda Cleeve, Monica Oguttu, Bela Ganatra, et alLancet Global Health 2016 Sep;4(9):e601-2. DOI: 10.1016/S2214-109X(16)30136-X Open accessAbstract A workshop was organised in Kampala, Uganda, in March, 2016, to address the challenges of implementation and expansion of access to comprehensive abortion care in east Africa. Workshop participants included researchers from teaching institutions and health-care providers from Kenya, Uganda, and Sweden, members of the Uganda Ministry of Health, WHO, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics working group on the prevention of unsafe abortion, representatives of non-governmental organisations and aid organisations, and journalists. Although the workshop focused on Uganda and Kenya, delegates also presented research from Tanzania and Rwanda. Here we summarise key action points needed to speed up implementation and expand access to comprehensive abortion care in east Africa, as identified by the workshop delegates…Standards and guidelines on reduction of morbidity and mortality due to unsafe abortion were developed by the respective ministries of health in Kenya in 2012, and in Uganda in 2015. These standards and guidelines were an expansion of existing national policies and standards and the 2012 WHO Technical Guidance on Safe Abortion, supported by the constitutions. However, the standards and guidelines were withdrawn in Kenya in December, 2013, and in Uganda in January, 2016…PHOTO