Unsafe abortion in Lomé, Togo: What do women report from their communities? translation missing: es.hyrax.visibility.files_restricted.text

McLeod, Haley (Spring 2018)

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Background: Despite the available knowledge and technology to provide safe abortions, abortion continues to account for maternal deaths worldwide. In Togo, abortion still remains legally restricted, only available in instances of rape, incest, fetal malformations, or when the pregnancy threatens the health of the mother.  While there is a lack of literature on abortion in Togo, the few studies published suggest that high proportions of young women attempt to end their pregnancies, most likely using unsafe and clandestine methods.  

Methods: We surveyed 99 women in four healthcare setting on their knowledge of women’s experiences on induced abortion in Lomé, Togo.

Results: We found that 56.5% of participants knew of a woman who had attempted to induce an abortion, 34.3% knew of a woman who had health complications from an induced abortion, and 30.3% knew of a woman who had died from an induced abortion.  While 42.9% of the known women procured an abortion in healthcare settings, 33.9% attempted to self-induce an abortion.

Conclusion: Knowledge of negative health outcomes from induced abortion among surveyed women are common, suggesting a need for further research and public health interventions.

 

Table of Contents

CHAPTER I: Background.............................................................................................1

CHAPTER II: Unsafe Abortion in Togo...........................................................................4

  Problem Statement..................................................................................................4

  Purpose Statement...................................................................................................6

  Significance Statement.............................................................................................7

  Research Objectives.................................................................................................7

CHAPTER III: Manuscript............................................................................................8

  Background............................................................................................................9

  Methods.................................................................................................................9

  Results.................................................................................................................13

  Discussion............................................................................................................15

CHAPTER IV: Discussion, Conclusion, and Recommendations...................................................................................................21

  Tables and Figures................................................................................................27

  References...........................................................................................................33

 

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