Secret abortions last resort for fearful Kenyan women
“We encourage healthcare providers to recognise reproductive coercion as an issue women in these communities are facing.” Shannon Wood, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthWorldwide, an estimated 25 million unsafe abortions occur each year.
“For adolescents and young women, sexual violence and the inability to negotiate condom use increase their risk of HIV infection.” There is a need for women to be empowered economically, educationally and also to be involved in decision-making concerning reproductive health , according to Dibaba.“In the long term, this is about women’s empowerment,” he said.
Source: WHORelated topics HealthGenderVulnerability[NAIROBI] Many of Kenya’s urban men are not permitting their partners to use contraceptives, resulting in clandestine family planning methods including dangerous back street abortions, a study reveals.Almost half of all abortions taking place around the are unsafe, according to the WHO, meaning they are done in secret and without medical supervision.
“This included both quantitative measures, as well as further in-depth interviews to better understand the mechanisms, manifestation, and potential safety strategies for women undergoing reproductive coercion.”Yohannes Dibaba, a researcher in population and reproductive health at the Kenya-based African Population and Health Research Center, says reproductive coercion is a health problem among women and adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa “This contributes to the high maternal mortality largely from repeated pregnancies that [are] spaced too closely together,” he explains.
The biggest proportion of dangerous abortions is happening in Africa.Societal pressure in the region means the use of contraceptives to avoid pregnancy is limited, researchers from Ujamaa Africa and US-based Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins School of Nursing reported in a study presented at the 5th International Conference on Family Planning today (14 November) in Kigali, Rwanda.So-called reproductive coercion occurs when male partners either refuse to use male contraceptives, such as condoms, or force their female partners to discontinue using contraception.“Reproductive coercion is occurring in these communities [in Nairobi],” says Shannon Wood, a PhD candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a co-author of the study.“We encourage healthcare providers to recognise reproductive coercion as an issue women in these communities are facing when providing family planning and violence services,” Wood said.According to the researchers , Nairobi’s urban informal settlements are an ideal place to examine reproductive coercion given their dense population, high rate of intimate partner violence and high fertility.“We used focus group discussions with 49 female survivors of intimate partner violence,” explained Wood.