December 2015

November 2015

Facility-based treatment for unsafe abortion in low-income countries

An estimated 7 million women were treated in the developing world for complications of unsafe abortion in low-income countries in 2012. This figure is arrived at by taking national estimates of facility-based treatment for abortion complications in 26 countries, which formed the basis for estimating treatment rates in all low- and middle-income countries. Read More

October 2015

This study aimed to evaluate the clinical assessment for life-threatening complications and the following management in women admitted with complications from abortions at a rural hospital in Uganda. Thestudy was carried out at a rural hospital in South-western Uganda, using data on 238 women women admitted during a five-year retrospective period from January 2007 to April 2012 and who had incomplete abortion. Read More

September 2015

Impact of national policy to improve comprehensive abortion care, Ghana

This study highlights how a national programme to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity increased access to safe abortion in programme sites. Ghana’s national reducing maternal mortality and morbidity (R3M) programme was launched in 2006 in seven districts in Greater Accra, Ashanti and Eastern, with the aim of improving comprehensive abortion care services. Read More

August 2015

Trends in sex ratio and fetal sex determination legislation, Maharashtra, India

This study analysed data for all livebirths registered from 1980 to 2011 with the Maharashtra State Government Civil Registration System to assess changes sex ratio trends over time. From 1980 to 2011, the annual sex ratio increased at livebirth from 1980 to 2004 by 0·005 units per year and decreased by 0·009 units per year after 2004. The trends appeared in both rural and urban areas. The authors consider Read More

July 2015

The effect of economic downturn on abortion-related maternal mortality

This retrospective study drew on WHO maternal death data and economic data from the World Bank, to determine the association between economic downturns and abortion-related maternal mortality in multiple countries over 30 years, from 1981 through 2010 and found an annual 36% increase in deaths associated with unsafe abortion during economic downturn years. Read More

June 2015

Type of abortion provider influences post-abortion contraceptive uptake, Ghana

The objectives of this study were to estimate the relationship between the type of abortion provider (consultant physician, house officer, or midwife) and both the likelihood of adopting postabortion contraception and postabortion contraceptors’ likelihood of receiving a long-acting and permanent versus a short-acting contraceptive method. Retrospective cohort data collected from 64 health facilities in three regions of Ghana, including information on all abortion procedures conducted between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2010 at each health facility, were examined to model the associations of interest. Read More

Denial of abortion in legal settings in Colombia, Nepal, South Africa, Tunisia

This study assesses the socio-demographic characteristics of legal abortion seekers, as well as the frequency and reasons that women are denied abortion care in four countries where abortion is legal – Colombia, Nepal, South Africa and Tunisia. All women presenting for abortion at two clinics in each of four cities – Katmandu, Cape Town, Tunis and Bogota – over a span of 1–6 weeks between 2012 and 2013, answered questionnaires and provided gestational age at the time of the visit. Each woman was asked whether she received the abortion she was seeking and, in the case of denial of services, the reason for denial. Read More