n African Journal of Reproductive Health - The imperative to expand provision, access and use of misoprostol for post-abortion care in sub-Saharan Africa : commentary - : commentary

Volume 20 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1118-4841
  • E-ISSN: 2141-3606


The number of maternal deaths due to unsafe abortions has fallen worldwide since the early 1990s. However, the situation in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) remains a source of great concern for multiple reasons: abortion rates have not fallen, clandestine abortions are common and often deadly, and post-abortion care (PAC) for women experiencing problems from spontaneous or induced abortion remains deficient. Abortion remains largely outlawed nearly everywhere, which pushes the practice into a dangerous and shadowy underground market. This confluence of factors leads to high rates of preventable abortion-related morbidity and mortality.

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