Legislative and Policy Analysis, Practice Guidelines and Related Publications within the Kenyan Context; Radical Abortion Care in a Pandemic, Briefing Report 2, May 2021

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

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Abstract

This report provides legislative and policy analysis and a review of practice guidelines and related research regarding abortion in Kenya.

The report has identified pre-COVID-19 context and challenges faced during the pandemic regarding SRH. On abortion, these include:

Pre-COVID-19
- Lack of public knowledge on the legal status on abortion
- Lack of health professional knowledge on the legal status on abortion
- Prohibitive costs in accessing safe abortion
- Abortion stigma
- Restricted or removal of funding from international donors

During COVID-19
- Curtailment of SRH services
- Curtailment of Comprehensive Sexuality Education programs
- Disruptions to reproductive supply chains, leading to an increasing shortage of abortion medications and contraceptives limiting individuals’ ability to access abortion and contraceptive care that suits their needs and preferences.
- A shortage of health care providers
- Increased waiting times for procedures

Positive developments during COVID-19
- Increase in use of technology to raise awareness of tele-medicine, however this is limited to those with access to IT
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBelfast
PublisherUlster University
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • abortion
  • abortion law
  • abortion policy
  • Kenya
  • Telemedicine

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