Despite the centrality of pharmacists in the provision of abortion services in Kenya, little is known about their medical abortion (MA) knowledge, attitudes, or practices. This policy brief reports on a study that set out to bridge this gap in the evidence. The report concludes that comprehensive training for pharmacy workers could improve the quality of MA provision and referrals, and help pharmacy workers identify opportunities to simultaneously provide clients with information on contraception and STI prevention. Such efforts would be in line with current Kenyan government policies to reduce the public health burden caused by the prevalence of unsafe abortion and HIV, and within the boundaries of the current legal framework.
Njunguru, Jesse, A. Finnie, Katharine Footman, Wilson Liambila, and Kate Reiss. 2016. "Pharmacy workers in Kenya need training and support on medical abortion information and referrals to prevent unsafe service provision," STEP UP Policy Brief. London: Marie Stopes International.
Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancy (STEP UP)