Document Type

Report

Publication Date

2014

Abstract

This study examined how pregnancy prevention and management services (specifically, the provision of emergency contraception, pregnancy testing and counseling, and termination or referral for termination of pregnancy services) feature within post-rape care services in sub-Saharan Africa. The study drew on a range of sources via a desk review, as well as on information provided through key informant interviews. The existence of numerous national guidelines in the region demonstrates countries’ desire to respond to this public health and legal challenge. However, if left in their current state, the gaps and inconsistencies observed across most national guidelines contribute to a violation of survivors’ rights and of good medical practice as outlined in international protocols. The report concludes that countries in the sub-Saharan Africa region would benefit from intensive support to update and consolidate guidance on these critical issues, and outlines a number of recommendations arising from the findings.

DOI

doi.org/10.31899/rh4.1051

Language

English

Project

Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancy (STEP UP)

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