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Meeting the need for safe abortion care in Ethiopia: Results of a national assessment in 2008

This paper reports results from a nationally representative health facility study conducted in Ethiopia in 2008. It provides the first national snapshot to measure changes in a dynamic abortion care environment. The safe abortion care (SAC) model, a monitoring approach to assess the amount, distribution, use and quality of abortion services, provided a framework. Data collection included key informant interviews with 335 health care providers, prospective data on 8,911 women seeking treatment for abortion complications or induced abortion and review of facility logbooks. Although the existing hospitals perform most basic abortion care functions, the number of facilities providing basic and comprehensive abortion care for the population size fell far short of the recommended levels. Almost one-half (48%) of women treated for obstetric complications in the facilities had abortion complications. The use of appropriate abortion technologies in the first trimester and the provision of post-abortion contraception overall were reasonably strong, especially in private sector facilities.
Authors: Abdella, Ahmed, Tamara Fetters, Janie Benson, Erin Pearson, Yirgu Gebrehiwot, Kathryn Andersen, Hailemichael Gebreselassie, Solomon Tesfaye
Year: 2013

Languages: English

Regions: Africa

Countries: Ethiopia

Topics: Research

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