This grant will support the African Population and Health Research Center to conduct research on post-abortion care services. Currently, about 90 percent of women of childbearing age in Africa live in countries with restrictive abortion laws in which women resort to unsafe methods that can result in fatalities and severe disabilities. Post-abortion care services, however, are legal in most countries and provide essential treatment for complications from unsafe abortions. The center will collect data on the quality and availability of post-abortion care in Kenya, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso, and use the evidence to advocate for policies that improve quality of services, promote health equity, and scale up effective interventions.
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for support of an abortion incidence study in Kenya
This grant to the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) will support a national abortion incidence study in Kenya. In partnership with the Guttmacher Institute, APHRC will use mixed research methods to produce an updated estimate of the number of induced abortions in Kenya and the magnitude and severity of unsafe abortion-related complications. The previous estimates were done in 2012 and since then the abortion landscape in Kenya has shifted dramatically with the availability of self-managed medication abortion as well as increasing criminalization efforts from anti-abortion actors. This project will have a focus on evidence dissemination with policy advocates and government partners as well as research capacity-building efforts between the two research institutions involved. This grant is aligned with the Global Reproductive Equity strategy outcome that safe abortion is legal and/or decriminalized in a greater number of East and Francophone West African countries and is accessible to more women and girls in these countries.
for an unsafe abortion costing study in Kenya
The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in Nairobi, Kenya, conducts policy-relevant research on population and health issues facing sub-Saharan Africa. Earlier this year, in collaboration with two other Foundation grantees, APHRC released results from a nationwide study on the extent of unsafe abortion in Kenya. Based on findings of a relatively high prevalence of unsafe abortion, the study showed the urgent need for concerted efforts in Kenya to promote women’s access to quality reproductive health services—thereby decreasing abortion-related morbidity and mortality. This grant would support a study that will assess the financial costs of the incidence of unsafe abortion to Kenya’s health system, providing additional evidence needed to support policy advocacy and political engagement, as well as grounds for legal and policy reform in Kenya.
for Boardroom furniture and audio-visual and communication equipment
In May 2011, the African Population and Health Research Center completed Phase 1 development of its headquarters facility at Kitsuru, which includes an office complex and conference facilities. Phase 2 is the development of a residential facility and completion of the offices, meeting rooms, and boardroom with furniture and other equipment. This grant would support the procurement of furniture and audio-visual and communication equipment specifically for the facility's boardroom, which has been named after Dr. Sara Seims, the first chair of the Center's Board of Directors and former Director of the Hewlett Foundation's Population Program.