Reducing unsafe abortion in Ethiopia: Monitoring progress with the Safe Abortion Care (SAC) model in Tigray

Sunday, November 1, 2009

In Ethiopia, one in seven women dies from pregnancy-related causes and unsafe abortion is a major contributor to the maternal deaths that occur annually. Ethiopia changed its law on abortion in 2005. It now allows safely induced abortion to save the life of the woman, for rape, incest, fetal abnormality, physical or mental disabilities of the woman, and for minors who are unable to raise a child. From 2007 until 2009, Ipas and the Tigray Health Bureau used the Safe Abortion Care (SAC) monitoring framework to assess progress to achieve positive results. Safe, high-quality abortion care is now more widely available in Tigray—thus improving women’s access to care and, ultimately, reducing the number of women who suffer from complications from unsafe abortion.