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Title: Assessment of health providers’ perception and preparedness of health facilities towards safe abortion at selected health facilities in Addis Ababa
Authors: Jemilla, Abdi
Advisors: Assessment of health providers’ perception and preparedness of health facilities towards safe abortion at selected health facilities in Addis Ababa
Keywords: safe
abortion
health facilities
perception
preparedness
Copyright: Jun-2008
Date Added: 3-May-2012
Abstract: Back ground: Each year an estimated 36 million to 53 million abortions are performed worldwide. Of those, as many as 20 million are considered unsafe. In Ethiopia the maternal mortality rate is 673/ 100,000 LB of which unsafe abortion accounts up to 32% of all maternal deaths in the country. Objective: The objective of this study was to assess the perception of health providers and the preparedness of health institutions towards safe abortion at selected health facilities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Method: A descriptive cross sectional study was conducted from March 25-April15/2008 using structured self-administered questionnaire and observation checklist. A total of 419 health providers at the selected hospitals and health centers were included. Epi info 2000 and SPSS version 15 were used for data entry, cleaning and analysis. The results were interpreted by employing frequency table, percentage, means, Odds ratio and 95% confidence limit. Result: - Of 419 health providers involved 54% were Nurses, 55.8% were Female, 68.8% were Orthodox and 52% were married. The great majority believed that unsafe abortion was a serious health problem. Only 37.0% of respondent health providers were actually willing to participate in pregnancy termination. Only 41.8% of the respondents were pro-legalization. Actual practice (OR 2.571 with 95% CI 1.490-4.436) and knowledge about the law governing abortion (OR 1.765 with 95% CI 1.119-2.783) were significantly associated with attitude towards safe abortion. Of the 33 sampled health facilities, only 21 of them provide SAC/PAC. Conclusion and Recommendation: - Although the great majority of respondent health providers believed that unsafe abortion was a serious health problem only a third of respondent health providers were actually willing to participate in pregnancy termination and only few facilities provide SAC/PAC. Therefore, sensitizing health providers about the essential nature of safe abortion services and the Law governing abortion and equipping health facilities with trained manpower, essential supplies, equipments and material important for safe termination of pregnancy is an important step forward to ensure the availability and accessibility of safe and legal termination of pregnancy.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2118
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