Post-Abortion Care Services for Youth and Adult Clients in Kenya: A Comparison of Services, Client Satisfaction and Provider Attitudes
Unsafe abortion accounts for 35 percent of maternal mortality in Kenya. Post-abortion care (PAC) reduces maternal death and provides an opportunity to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Few studies have documented how the receipt of PAC services varies by client age. In this study, descriptive data were collected from clients, providers and eight health facilities in Kenya’s Central and Nairobi provinces to examine receipt of PAC services by client age, client satisfaction, and provider attitudes. Delivery of PAC treatment, pain management, HIV and sexually transmitted infection services and violence screening did not vary by age. However, fewer youth between the ages of 15 and 24 received a contraceptive method compared with adult clients (35% versus 48%; p=0.02). Nearly 50 percent of youth reported not using a family planning method due to fears of infertility, side-effects or lack of knowledge compared with 22 percent of adults. Additional efforts are needed in Kenya to bolster the family planning services that young PAC clients receive and increase the uptake of contraception.
Journal of Biosocial Science / Volume 46 / Issue 01 / January 2014, pp 1-15
DOI: doi:10.1017/S0021932013000230, Published online 10 June 2013
Journal of Biosocial Science: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=JBS
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Substantial numbers of adolescents experience the negative health consequences of early, unprotected sexual activity as well as its social and economic costs.
This Fall 2013 edition of Pathways explores Pathfinder's work with adolescents and youth, and in particular, providing those young people with choices when it comes to their contraception methods, their bodies, and their futures.