Kenyan Women Carried out 465,000 Abortions in 2012- Report

October 16, 2013

 

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Daily Nation – Online

August 21, 2013

The Director of Medical services Dr Francis Kimani (centre) displays the report on incidence of unsafe abortion in Kenya August 21, 2013 at the Hilton Hotel, Nairobi. On the left is his deputy Dr Simon Mueke and Medical Dentist Board member Dr Samson Wanjala (right). Kenyan women carried out 465,000 unsafe abortions last year, the report shows. JEFF ANGOTE

Kenyan women carried out 465,000 unsafe abortions last year, a key report shows.

This translates to a national abortion rate of 48 per 1,000 women of reproductive age (15-49 years).

“There are nearly 465,000 induced abortions in Kenya each year, virtually all of them clandestine and unsafe procedures,” reads the report Incidence and Complications of Unsafe Abortion in Kenya: Key findings of a National Study.

“….a rate comparable to Uganda, but much higher than that of other countries in Africa or elsewhere in the world.”

Rift Valley, Nyanza/Western regions recorded the highest abortion rates of 64 and 63 per 1,000 women of reproductive age respectively. Eastern had the lowest with 20 abortions per 1,000 women.

Read more: http://www.nation.co.ke/news/-/1056/1962356/-/qbbuqs/-/index.html


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