Kenya – Unsafe abortion complications eat into health budget

Unsafe abortion complications eat into health budget
Money spent on treating these complications could have been used to provide family planning services

by Daniel Otieno, Star Blogs
18 June 2019

Treatment of complications of unsafe abortion consumes a disproportionate amount of health systems resources in Kenya including staff time and acquisition of medical supplies.

Last year, severe complications from unsafe abortion accounted for 54 per cent of the total health costs. Post-abortion care also consumes a significant amount of resources that would otherwise be spent on other areas of health including reproductive, maternal and child health.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/opinion/star-blogs/2019-06-18-unsafe-abortion-complications-eat-into-health-budget/


Kenya – Men can play a key role in reducing unsafe abortions

Men can play a key role in reducing unsafe abortions
They should be advised on the role of contraceptives to prevent unplanned pregnancies

by Daniel Otieno, Star Blogs
24 May 2019

Many interventions relating to unsafe abortion have left out men yet their role can shape their outcome.

Information targeting men on the role of contraceptives in planning families, civic education that involves men on abortion and constitution, sensitisation on prevention of unintended pregnancies and educating men on the dangers of myths surrounding abortion will empower them to join the fight against unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortion.

Involving men as moderators in forums on contraceptives and unsafe abortion can change the attitude of the general community towards safe abortion. Then there will be other options for couples in case of unplanned pregnancy other than termination of the same.

Source: https://www.the-star.co.ke/opinion/star-blogs/2019-05-24-men-can-play-a-key-role-in-reducing-unsafe-abortions/


Kenya – Let’s combine our efforts to end teen pregnancies

Let’s combine our efforts to end teen pregnancies

by Daniel Otieno
Star Blogs
26 March 2019

The Kenya Demographic Health Survey 2014 shows the prevalence of teen pregnancy as follows: 33 per cent in Homa Bay, Migori (24 per cent), Kisii (18 per cent), Siaya(17 per cent) and Kisumu(15 per cent).

Rape and incest, inadequate sex education, inaccessible family planning services, poverty, and anti-family planning campaigns by the church have been blamed.

There is no single approach to end cases of unplanned pregnancies as well as its consequences; school dropouts, unsafe abortion and sexually transmitted infections.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/opinion/star-blogs/2019-03-26-lets-combineour-efforts-to-end-teen-pregnancies/


Kenya: Must women continue to die due to unsafe abortion?

Must women continue to die due to unsafe abortion?

Daniel Otieno
Wed 01st Feb 2017

As a private medical practitioner, the moment you advertise your health facility as a centre offering comprehensive abortion care, eyebrows will be raised regarding your religious affiliation.

This is because of the community stigma associated with performing abortion.

Unsafe abortion remains the leading cause of maternal mortality and morbidity. A 2015 study revealed that more 300,000 abortions occur in Kenya annually.

[continued at link]
Source, Standard Media: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/story/2001227909/must-women-continue-to-die-due-to-unsafe-abortion


Kenya: More civic education is necessary to protect women in abortion web

More civic education is necessary to protect women in abortion web

Monday January 30 2017

Eyebrows will be raised regarding your religious affiliation if, as a private medical practitioner, you advertise your health facility as a centre offering comprehensive abortion care.

This is because of the stigma associated with abortion.

Unsafe abortion is the leading cause of maternal mortality and morbidity.

[continued at link]
Source, The Nation: http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Letters/More-civic-education-is-necessary/440806-3793138-bshm0q/