Legislative and Policy Analysis, Practice Guidelines and Related Publications within the Zambian Context; Radical Abortion Care in a Pandemic, Briefing Report 3, August 2021

Brian Chiluba, Roy Lukama, Phyllis Ndolo, Lilian Kivuti, Krestein Mwai, Emma Campbell, Fiona K. Bloomer

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Abstract

This preliminary study of the policy and practice context in Zambia identified that the emergency response following the Covid-19 pandemic diverted resources for sexual and reproductive health services. The Ministry of Health has recorded an increase in the number of maternal deaths, which could be attributed to an increase in home deliveries and/or delays in getting to health facilities due to fear of Covid-19, resulting in preventable complications and death.
No further information has been published on the legislative and policy realignment on how the country seeks to deal with abortion care services after the Covid-19 pandemic as of June 2021.

Pre-covid the evidence identifies the need for:
a. Action plans to fully implement policies to address unsafe abortions
b. Reform of the law to remove unnecessary restrictions
c. Investment in healthcare infrastructure to ensure access in rural areas
d. Training of health professionals to provide abortions
e. Increased access to contraception
f. Increased training for and access to CSE
g. Further research on the influence of religion on politics

Original languageEnglish
Typebriefing paper
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Abortion
  • abortion law
  • abortion policy
  • abortion providers
  • Zambia

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