Working to Advance Health Equity in Africa


Unsafe abortion in South Africa: country factsheet


HEARD has embarked on a new and important initiative within its Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights research agenda, to investigate unsafe abortion in Eastern and Southern Africa. Unsafe abortions have devastating effects on women’s health, and the rates of unsafe abortion are higher in East Africa than in any other region of the world. Southern Africa has a number of countries where abortion laws have been liberalised, but still rates of unsafe abortion remain far too high.

This factsheet is based on findings from a rapid assessment of unsafe abortion and post abortion care conducted in Tanzania by HEARD researchers in December 2015, and review of existing literature.

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