Breaking the silence on unsafe abortion - forum addresses broken promises on women's reproductive health
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa.;
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A landmark four-day conference opened in Ghana this week on the much-neglected issue of unsafe abortion in relation to the health of African women. Health experts, policymakers and practitioners from around Africa focused on the Conference’s theme: “Keeping our Promise: Addressing unsafe abortion in Africa”, which is now recognized as a critical issue for reproductive health and rights in Africa. “An estimated 36,000 women die needlessly of unsafe abortion in Africa,” she says adding that: “on the African continent, the debate needs to address legalizing abortion and making it a safe practice; this must go hand in hand with prevention against unwanted pregnancies and HIV infection, which is also a result of unprotected sex.” The Conference acknowledges that many commitments have been made regarding women’s health, maternal mortality and addressing unsafe abortion, but strategies for meeting these unfulfilled promises are needed.