Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices regarding Medication Abortion among Regular Undergraduate Female Students in College of Social Sciences, Addis Ababa University

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Addis Ababa University


Unintended pregnancy is common and abortion rates are rising worldwide in general in Africa in particular and pose great challenge in achieving the MDGs. Safe abortion method especially MA related awareness and practices of females are known to have crucial contribution in the prevention and control of unsafe abortion and the resulting mortality and morbidity. The aim of this study was therefore to assess knowledge, attitude and practices regarding medication abortion among regular undergraduate female students of the CSSs, AAU. A cross-sectional quantitative study supplemented by key informants’ interview was conducted between 1st of June to 5th of July 2013. The quantitative data were collected using structured, self-administered questionnaire and the qualitative data were collected by the PI using interview guide. The age of the study participants ranged from 18 to 25 years with a mean age of 20.6 ± 1.5. Three-fourth of the respondents (159,74.6%) knew what MA meant where 11 (6.9%) and 97(61%) of them had high and low knowledge on MA respectively. Majority (142,66.7%) of the study participants would advise someone with unwanted pregnancy to undergo an abortion and 86 (40.4%) would consider abortion if they had unplanned pregnancy. From 21 respondents who had abortion experience, 13 (61.9%) used MA. The study revealed that majority of the female undergraduate students in the CSSs has low knowledge regarding MA, though most of them have positive attitude towards medication abortion. It would be much beneficial to female students if medication abortion awareness given by AAU in collaboration with DKT-Ethiopia, Ipas- Ethiopia, AACARHB and local mass media. Key words: Abortion, Medication abortion, safe abortion, College of Social Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Undergraduate female Student



Abortion; Medication abortion; safe abortion