Back street abortions on the increase even as debate rages on

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Back street abortions on the increase even as debate rages on

By Akello Odenyo
Published Mon, May 28th 2018

Rose Otieno was seated behind her desk at the clinic flipping through a newspaper when a familiar face on the obituary section caught her attention. As she read through the obituary, details of the familiar face became clearer. “The picture on the obituary wasn’t anything close to the face she wore the last time I saw Elizabeth,” recounted Otieno.

Otieno, a healthcare service provider, said Elizabeth (second name withheld to save family members from embarrassment) had walked into her clinic two weeks earlier, explaining that she wanted to terminate her eight-week pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/health/article/2001281972/360-women-in-kenya-procure-abortion-daily

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Kenya spends millions treating unsafe abortion complications

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Kenya spends millions treating unsafe abortion complications
The money is enough to procure at least two cancer treatment machines.

By EUNICE KILONZO
May 28, 2018

New report quantifies financial and human resource cost of treating complications of unsafe pregnancy terminations

Kenya spent Sh533 million treating complications of unsafe abortions in public health facilities, according to a new report by the Ministry of Health and the African Population and Health Research Centre.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/health/Kenya-spends-millions-treating-unsafe-abortion-complications/3476990-4583802-y8ylukz/index.html

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Kenya – How unsafe abortion is draining public hospital cash

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REVEALED: How unsafe abortion is draining public hospital cash

Posted on Mar 1, 2018

Kenya spent SH533 million in 2016 to treat complications of unsafe abortions in public health facilities.

This was money used to pay health workers' salaries and buy medical supplies.

Continued: http://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/unsafe-abortion-draining-hospital-cash/

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Kenya: Health providers must be protected by the law adequately

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Health providers must be protected by the law adequately
By Evelyne Opondo
Published Sat, November 4th 2017

On October 19, the Court of Appeal put an end to Jackson Namunya Tali’s nearly nine years in prison. In the momentous decision, the three-judge bench ruled that mere suspicion, however strong, is not probative of an offence in the criminal justice system.

Tali, a trained nurse who operated a clinic in the outskirts of Nairobi, was arrested in 2009 and accused of assisting a woman procure an unsafe abortion that consequently led to her death. Rather than being charged with the offence of unlawful abortion, he was charged with murder, convicted and imprisoned at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison.

Continued at source: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001259242/health-providers-must-be-protected-by-the-law-adequately

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Kenya: Woman dies while procuring abortion in Nairobi clinic

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Woman dies while procuring abortion in Nairobi clinic

Thursday March 16 2017

By STELLA CHERONO

The proprietor of a clinic in Kayole, Nairobi County has been arrested after a woman died while procuring an abortion.

The woman is alleged to have gone to the Faith Medical Clinic on Tuesday night to terminate her pregnancy.

She was found lying dead on one of the clinic’s benches Wednesday morning.

Continued at source: Kenya Nation: http://www.nation.co.ke/counties/nairobi/Woman-dies-procuring-abortion-Nairobi-clinic/1954174-3851990-dehip7/

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16-year-old girl dies from unsafe abortion in Kenya: emergency treatment couldn’t save her

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16-year-old girl dies from unsafe abortion in Kenya: emergency treatment couldn’t save her
March 14, 2017
by Safe Abortion

Residents of Nyalenda in Kisumu County are still recovering from a very traumatic incident in which a 16-year-old girl was found by her mother lying in the corridor of her home half dead, vomiting and bleeding profusely from complications of an unsafe abortion.

“Elizabeth” was rushed to the hospital and eventually was able to receive emergency treatment. However, it was too late – her uterus had to be removed because infection had damaged it completely. She later died in the hospital while still undergoing treatment.

This case is just a drop in the ocean of unsafe abortion cases reported in Kisumu County, Kenya.

According to the African Population and Health Research Centre, unsafe abortion remains one of the five leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality in Kenya, with 464,690 women having unsafe abortions yearly. More than half of them are unsafe, carried out with herbs, coat hangers, spoons, knitting needles and harmful pharmaceuticals. Some 40-45% of all pregnancies in Kenya are unplanned and almost half of them end in an abortion. Of the country’s eight regions, Nyanza – where “Elizabeth” lived and died – recorded the second highest number of abortion cases at 36,842, with Rift Valley leading at 38,687. The majority of those who have unsafe abortions are young and poor and end up with serious complications or die.

The article calls on the Ministry of Health to take decisive action to protect the health, lives, families, and future of Kenyan women and asks the Government of Kenya to lift its reservations on international laws, such as Section 14(2C) of the Maputo Protocol, that champion protection of women’s reproductive health and rights by authorising safe abortion.

SOURCE: Africa Alive Kenya Chapter, by Michael Okun Oliech , 13 March 2017

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Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/16-year-old-girl-dies-from-unsafe-abortion-in-kenya-emergency-treatment-couldnt-save-her/

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