Nigeria – Plateau health agency trains 100 on post abortion care

January 20, 2023
 by Blessing Odega

The Plateau State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (PLASCHEMA) on Friday trained 100 heads of Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) on post abortion care to reduce maternal mortality.

The Director-General, PLASCHEMA, Dr Fabong Yildam, said that the rate of maternal mortality due to unsafe abortions was on the rise in the country, particularly in Plateau.


Forced mass abortions are a new and disturbing phenomenon in Nigeria

Published: December 14, 2022
Akanni Ibukun Akinyemi

Nigeria classifies abortion as illegal except under certain medical circumstances. A recent investigation by Reuters news agency has alleged that, since 2013, the Nigerian military has run a secret mass abortion programme in the north-east of the country, where it is at war with the militant Islamic organisation Boko Haram. Ten thousand women were allegedly affected – the report claims the women had been raped and impregnated by Boko Haram insurgents. The military has denied the allegations. Reproductive health specialist Akanni Akinyemi sheds further light on abortions in Nigeria.

How common is forced abortion in Nigeria?
There is some evidence that the decision to terminate a pregnancy may be imposed on a woman by either her male partner or some significant others, such as parents and care givers. However, the systemic large scale forced abortions in the north-eastern part of Nigeria as reported in the media are a new development. I don’t think we have recorded anything like this before.


Maternal Mortality: Nigerian experts applaud as IPPF launches free online medical abortion course

October 14, 2022
By Sola Ogundipe

Top Nigerian medical experts have applauded the launch of a free online medical abortion training course by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), aimed at stemming the tide of unsafe abortion and its complications globally.

Welcoming the development, the experts said the course which is specifically designed to equip healthcare workers with the necessary skills to provide care for women seeking medical abortion up to 13 weeks gestation,  would go a long way in correcting the misinterpretation and misconception about safe abortion, legal abortion, medical abortion, and allied issues.


Kenya – Post-abortion care is just as important as procedure itself- OBGYN

By Gardy Chacha
April 21st 2022

Prof MOSES OBIMBO explains the danger behind unsafe abortions and why
many women opt to take this route.

Why did you go into Obstetrics and Gynaecology?

Women have a great impact on the health and well-being of humanity. It is women
who carry pregnancies. Every human being alive today is here through a woman.
My interest has always been to make a woman’s health a priority because she not
only has a direct impact on us now but also has an effect on the progeny of the
next generation.


A Guide to Caring for Yourself (Or Others) After an Abortion

Conversations about the aftermath of an abortion can center on harmful and false narratives. We're here to change that.

Feb 2, 2022
Caroline Reilly, Rewire News

Abortion is life-affirming health care that should be accessible for all, on demand and without restrictions. Part of supporting access to abortion care is making sure patients who seek them are fully informed about what having an abortion entails, including the aftercare.

I recently put out a call on Twitter to learn more about the experiences people had after their abortion. I heard from dozens of folks who said there were parts of the experience they felt unprepared for or surprised by—the pain, the bleeding, and all the other aspects associated with many medical procedures.


New insights into quality of care for girls and women facing the complications of unsafe abortion

26 January 2022
World Health Organization

Too many girls and women continue to die and to face both the short and long-term negative consequences of unsafe abortion – yet information is lacking on how health care providers and systems can best provide quality care for girls and women with abortion-related complications.

In recognition of this research gap, HRP, WHO and partners have conducted a research study across 17 countries in the African, Latin American and Caribbean regions, to gather evidence on the provision, experience and quality of care – The WHO and HRP multi-country survey on abortion (MCS-A).


Kenya – Unsafe abortion is violence against women

Every year almost half of all pregnancies about 121 million are unintended

6 December 2021

Globally, an estimated 736 million women—almost one in three—have been subjected to intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence or both at least once in their lives.

The rates of depression, anxiety disorders, unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections and HIV are higher in women who have experienced violence compared to women who have not.


Nigeria – Unsafe Abortion: The Real Pandemic

November 25, 2021

Study Results by Performance Monitoring Action in 2014, with updated dissemination by Lagos State in March 2021, revealed that 6000 Nigerian women die from unsafe abortion-related complications every 12 months. Ayodeji Ake reports

“My mother must not know, she will develop high blood pressure” she said unhappily. Those were the words of Beauty, a 25-year-old damsel who resides in a small apartment with her mother and seven siblings in one of the rural areas in the federal capital territory, Abuja.


The costs of post-abortion care for Tanzania

By Salome Gregory

There is a lot of misinformation and misconception when it comes to reproductive health and the use of family planning methods.

In the end this costs the government Sh10.4 billion per year for treating a woman with post abortion care.


Tanzania – With proper post abortion care, costs can be reduced

Anthony Tambwe

When Ester (not her real name) missed her period that month, she did not think much about it, but as days turned into weeks, she knew she was in trouble.

It took her enough courage to go to the hospital to confirm her fears, and when the results came in, apart from knowing she was in trouble, she knew her life was ruined.