Principal investigators Meeting for Phase I (African Region)
Prof. Qureshi (Country Coordinator for Kenya and Regional Coordinator for Anglophone countries in Africa) attended the WHO Multi-country Survey on Abortion (WHOMCS-A): Abortion-related Morbidity in the Facilities meeting at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva.
The survey will capture data on both spontaneous and induced abortion. In addition, the research will explore the abortion safety according to the WHO Safe Abortion guidelines and experience of care as reported by women. Building on the experiences of the prior MCS on Maternal and Newborn Health, the survey intends to better capture the burden and severity of abortion-related complications and management among women presenting to the facilities
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), abortion accounts for 8% [4.7-13.2] of maternal mortality worldwide. However, capturing accurate information on abortion is a challenge especially in settings where abortion is legally restricted. In 2010, the WHO Multi-Country survey (MCS) on Maternal and Newborn Health collected data on over 300,000 women who were admitted in health facilities to receive pregnancy related care across 29 countries. Concerning abortion, the MCS only collected data on women with severe maternal outcomes (i.e. near miss or maternal deaths). The MCS abortion related data suggests underreporting of the abortion related morbidity and mortality and emphasizes the need for providing evidence-based abortion services, which is in line with recent literature.
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