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East Afr Med J. 1993 Jun;70(6):386-95.

Induced abortion in sub-Saharan Africa.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Health Services, University of Nairobi, Kenya.


Unsafe abortions and their complications are a major cause of maternal mortality. Hospital based studies from most African countries confirm that up to 50% of maternal deaths are due to abortion. This paper reviews problem of induced abortion in sub-Saharan Africa. Issues of prevalence and prevention are addressed while acknowledging the need to review the legal regimes operating in these countries.

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