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African Journal of Reproductive Health

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Health Providers’ Perception towards Safe Abortion Service at Selected Health Facilities in Addis Ababa

J Abdi, MB Gebremariam

Abstract


In Ethiopia, unsafe abortion accounts up to 32% of maternal deaths. The perception of health providers towards safe abortion provision at selected health facilities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was assessed. A stratified random sampling was used to select 431 health providers. A cross-sectional study was conducted from March 25-April15, 2008 using a structured self-administered
questionnaire. The results were interpreted using descriptive statistics and odds ratios. A majority of the health providers (96.4%) recognized that unsafe abortion was a serious health problem. Providers who had safe abortion practice were 2.57(95% CI 1.49-4.44) times more likely to have favorable attitude towards safe abortion than those without practice. Similarly, providers who knew the law governing abortion were 1.77 (95% CI 1.12-2.78) times more likely to have this favorable attitude than those who lack this
knowledge. In conclusion, training of health providers on safe abortion and reproductive rights are essential to reduce maternal mortality (Afr J Reprod Health 2011; 15[1]: 31-36).



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