In Kenya, as throughout the world, the health consequences of unsafe abortion for women of reproductive age are significant. Hospital-based studies in Nairobi have shown that unsafely induced abortion accounts for as much as 35 percent of pregnancy-related mortality and at least 50 percent of hospitals’ gynecological admissions. The concept of postabortion care (emergency treatment, postabortion family planning counseling and services, links between emergency abortion treatment services and comprehensive reproductive health care) has gained wide acceptance as one model of providing comprehensive care to women suffering from abortion complications. Integration of these three components is rarely found in public health care facilities throughout the world, including Kenya, thus there is a need to determine how to create these links to improve the quality of existing postabortion care services. As noted in this report, the Population Council’s Africa Operations Research and Technical Assistance Project II is collaborating on a project to test three models of linking emergency treatment of incomplete abortion and FP services in six Ministry of Health hospitals in Kenya.
Solo, Julie and Deborah L. Billings. 1997. "Postabortion care services in Kenya: Baseline findings of an operations research study," Africa OR/TA Project II. Nairobi: Population Council.
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