WAG partnered with Guttmacher in the dissemination Assess the provision and quality of post-abortion care and delays in Zimbabweof findings of the Abortion incidences and morbidity study in Zimbabwe. The purpose of the study was todetermine the incidence of induced abortion in Zimbabwe; estimate the incidence of unintended pregnancy and the proportion of pregnancies ending in abortion; and describe the severity of abortion-related complications, and the socio-demographic characteristics of women treated for post-abortion care.
The study concluded that: Zimbabwe has one of the lowest abortion rates in Sub-Saharan Africa (17.3 per 1000 women 15-49), but nearly all of these abortions are clandestine; Approximately 40% of abortions result in complications, but only half receive treatment for these complications; Overall, 40% of pregnancies are unintended, of which a quarter ended in abortion; Over half of facilities experienced stock-outs of essential PAC services including misoprostol (55%) and MVA kits (62%).
Recommendations from the study include addressing the knowledge gaps on ToP Act among health service providers, expand and improve post abortion care services and ensure adequate stocks of drugs and essential equipment for PAC and also expanding access to contraception to prevent unintended pregnancies. WAG has been disseminating the findings and using it for evidence-advocacy at local level to ensure key policy are implemented.