In this conference experts will discuss issues ranging from research to policy into action toward ending unsafe abortion in Africa Addis Abeba Nov. 29/2016 – The Africa Regional Conference on Abortion: From Research to Policy will be held from today to Friday, December 2, 2016, in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. According to organizers, the Guttmacher Institute, African Population and Health Research Center and Ipas, the conference “builds on a decade of work linking research to action to reduce unsafe abortion in Sub-Saharan Africa.”The three-day event will bring together 250 researchers, policymakers, advocates, health care providers, youth, journalists and donors who are focused on reducing the detrimental impact of unsafe abortion on African women,
especially young women and adolescents, as well as on their families and on society as a whole. According to figures from the organizers, an estimated 56 million abortions occur each year worldwide. The proportion of abortions that are performed under unsafe conditions is not currently known. “However, complications from unsafe abortions are common in developing regions, where the procedure is often highly restricted. In Africa, women have more than eight million abortions each year, many of which are unsafe.” About 1.6 million women in the region are treated annually for complications from unsafe abortion – many women experience complications and do not receive the treatment they need. According to the most recent estimates, at least 9% of maternal deaths in Africa annually are due to unsafe abortion.