Population Dynamics & Reproductive Health

Population, Reproductive Health and Poverty

Progress towards goals 4 (reducing child mortality) and 5 (improving maternal health) of the millennium development goals (MDGs) has been generally slow in sub-Saharan Africa.  To meet these and other MDGs, sub-Saharan Africa’s best hope remains its vast and untapped Human Capital. Yet, about 4 million infants and children continue to die annually from preventable causes, whilst unchecked unintended pregnancy increasingly contributes to unsafe abortion and consequently poor maternal health outcomes. Emerging evidence asserts that the disparity in key family planning and sexual reproductive health indicators is widening, making it clear that our Human Capital has been and is under threat. We need to focus our efforts toward providing robust scientific evidence to guide crucial policy generation and implementation to curb the needless hemorrhage. In doing this we would not only have a fighting chance at meeting the MDGs but we would also have saved and positively impacted countless lives.

Current Project

The Magnitude and Incidence of Unsafe Abortion

Program: Population Dynamics & Reproductive Health

Around the world, 46 million abortions take place every year. Of these, it is estimated that nearly 22 million are unsafe. In the past decade, more than 500,000 women died from complications of unsafe abortion.

Each year, an estimated 47,000 women across the globe die from unsafe abortions. Countless others suffer serious and life-threatening injuries. Approximately 13 per cent of maternal deaths globally are attributed to unsafe abortion. Ninety-five per cent of deaths and other complications related to unsafe abortions occur in developing countries.

This study seeks to determine the magnitude of unsafe abortion, incidence of induced abortion, as well as women’s experiences of seeking and obtaining abortion. It also seeks to contribute evidence for legal and policy reform in Kenya.

Partner Institutions

  • Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, Kenya
  • Ministry of Medical Services, Kenya
  • University of Nairobi
  • Kenyatta National Hospital
  • Ipas
  • Guttmacher Institute, USA

Project Period

  • December 2011 to March 2013

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