KAMPALA-- Uganda is participating in an international study on abortions and post-abortion care in Africa and Asia through which the researchers hope to find out women's knowledge of abortion methods and sources, the incidence of induced abortion, how women terminate pregnancies, and the extent of unsafe abortions.

In addition to direct questions on abortion, the female survey module includes questions about the respondents' two closest friends and their experiences with abortion.

The Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA 2020) Survey will gather data in five countries, namely Uganda, Ethiopia, CAte d'Ivoire, India and Nigeria. PMA2020 is collaborating with the Guttmacher Institute and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), both in the United States.

Investigators will use these data to calculate national and sub-national abortion rates in Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Uganda and Ethiopia, as well as state specific rates for Rajasthan, India, a statement from PMA2020 says.

PMA2020 in Uganda, led by Makerere University's School of Public Health, will work in partnership with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Health to generate survey data on vital health indicators such as maternal health and family planning.

The statement said researchers would work with local universities in Uganda and Ethiopia and data collected would be used to additionally investigate potential impacts of the global rule against abortion, as enforced by the Trump Administration in the US.


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