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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Comparison Of Women Having Clandestine And Hospital Abortions: Maputo, Mozambique
Author: Hardy E.
Bugalho A.
Faundes A.
Duarte G.A.
Bique C.
Abstract: In Mozambique a Ministry of Health decree since 1981 allows public hospitals to carry out abortions if pregnancy results from contraceptive failure or places a woman's health or life at risk. As a result, the number of hospital abortions has increased and the number of women attending hospital for complications of clandestine abortion has decreased. Nevertheless, clandestine abortions continue to cause maternal deaths and morbidity. This study compared women attending the main hospital in Maputo for complications of clandestine abortion and those having an induced abortion in the hospital. Most of those in the first group were young and primigravida, had experienced fewer abortions and lived in poorer socio-economic conditions. Fewer had a steady partner, were more frequently recent migrants to Maputo, and had lower knowledge and use of contraceptives. To reduce the number of illegal abortions and their consequences, governmental programmes should aim to make contraceptive and abortion services more available and accessible, particularly to young, unmarried women of low socio-economic status.
Rights: fechado
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Date Issue: 1997
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