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Breaking the Silence: Expanding Access to Safe Abortion in Zimbabwe

Product: ENGAGE Multimedia Presentation

Author: Population Reference Bureau

Date: July 29, 2019

Breaking the Silence: Expanding Access to Safe Abortion in Zimbabwe is an ENGAGE multimedia presentation that describes the problem of unsafe abortion in Zimbabwe, its health and financial costs, challenges posed by the law, and steps that decisionmakers can take to remedy the situation.

Although Zimbabwe has achieved many public health successes in areas that were once deemed controversial and challenging, too many Zimbabwean women are still dying from one of the leading causes of maternal deaths: Unsafe abortion.

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Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

In Zimbabwe, four out of 10 pregnancies are unintended or unplanned; and 25 percent of those unintended pregnancies end in abortion. In 2016 alone, more than 65,000 induced abortions occurred in Zimbabwe. Most of these abortions were clandestine and potentially unsafe, performed outside the formal health system.

Many women and girls are driven into the shadows because of Zimbabwe’s restrictive abortion laws and a lack of clarity about their provisions.

The multimedia presentation urges advocates and decisionmakers to break the silence, raise their voices, and make the changes needed to protect women’s lives and ensure the world sees Zimbabwe as a leader when it comes to health and policy.


 

Diverse Lives, Diverse Needs: Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health for Young People in Zimbabwe is a companion multimedia presentation that highlights the importance of supporting young people’s decisions regarding if, when, and how to have children so they can live full and healthy lives. Within Zimbabwe, young women ages 15-19 make up 22 percent of the population and are a diverse group with diverse life experiences and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs. The diverse identities of young people—married, unmarried, rural, urban, and other factors—can affect the degree to which they face barriers to care, which in turn can affect their experiences of unintended pregnancy or unsafe abortion. The multimedia presentation highlights key data to raise awareness of young people’s specific circumstances and emphasizes the importance of developing policies and programs to support young people’s health, recognizing how their intersecting identities affect their SRH choices and challenges.

SAFE Zimbabwe Adolescents

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The following snapshots are short, stand-alone vignettes focusing on specific topics in the main multimedia presentation, Breaking the Silence: Expanding Access to Safe Abortion in Zimbabwe.

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Snapshot 1: Key Messages

Snapshot 1: Key Messages

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Snapshot 2: Legal Considerations

Snapshot 2: Legal Considerations

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Snapshot 3: Costs

Snapshot 3: Costs

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Snapshot 4: Maternal Mortality

Snapshot 4: Maternal Mortality

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Snapshot 5: Recommendations

Snapshot 5: Recommendations

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Exploring Intimate Partner Violence and Family Planning

Product: Research Brief

Author: Population Reference Bureau

Date: November 4, 2015

A new PRB research brief, Intimate Partner Violence and Unmet Need for Family Planning, presents the findings of a new analysis on the association between intimate partner violence (IPV) and unmet need among women of different ages using DHS data from six countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. The study further examines whether key characteristics of women, such as education, household wealth, and household decisionmaking power, among others, explain why a recent IPV experience (in the past 12 months) and unmet need may be associated and why it may vary by age. The analysis concludes that among currently married women with demand for family planning, older women with IPV experience have significantly higher unmet need compared to other women without IPV in DRC, Kenya, and Tanzania. These women are a particularly high-risk group in need of contraception that is often overlooked in family planning services. In contrast, young women with IPV experience have significantly lower unmet need compared to other women without IPV in Malawi and Nigeria. Although experiencing IPV among young women in our study sample is not associated with an increased level of unmet need, they still have the highest unmet need among women with IPV across all ages in most countries examined. The findings suggest that experiencing IPV may influence family planning decisions in different ways across the life course—underscoring the importance of understanding the characteristics of women at different reproductive life stages with both demand and IPV as well as other possible barriers to contraceptive use.

In addition, PRB produced six complementary country-specific fact sheets entitled Youth Reproductive Health: Satisfying Unmet Need for Family Planning for Ethiopia, DRC, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Each fact sheet presents a list of current youth reproductive health indicators for ages 15 to 24, depicts the current situation of unmet need in each country, describes the top barriers to contraceptive use among young women with unmet need (a special PRB analysis), and the policy and program implications of the evidence.

These materials were funded by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.