KMET’s Post Abortion Care training for Nurses/Midwives and physicians is part of the Post Abortion Care study KMET is carrying out, to determine the efficacy of a drug called misoprostol, in treating post abortion care cases and to determine which of the two practitioners clients prefer. Post abortion care (PAC) is given to those who book into hospitals with complications of failed (unsafe) abortion.
Induced abortion in Kenya is legally permitted only to save a woman’s life, making Kenya one of the countries with high rates of unsafe abortions globally.
Abortion has always been a silent menace. It is estimated that every year about 250, 000 girls aged between 15-19 years procure abortions and about 90,000 below age 25 succumb to post abortion complications due to neglecting proper post abortion care services.
Studies have shown that factors influencing decision making related to induced abortion include; fear of parents’ reactions, disruption of future plans, stigmatization from community, and unstable or negative partner relationship, especially denial of fatherhood. For these reasons, women seek unsafe back street abortion services, carried out by people lacking the necessary skills or/and in an environment that does not conform to minimal medical standards. Complications arising from such spontaneous abortions add to the mortality figures stated there before.
The KMET PAC study program facilitates trainings for health and medical practitioners to equip them with knowledge and skill on how to perform medical treatment of incomplete (unsafe) abortion. Facilitators also train participants on counseling, contraceptive services, clinical assessment, and community development.
Dr. Paul Mitei, a senior specialist obstetrician and gynecologist, who is also one of the facilitators at the KMET Post Abortion Care Training emphasized that, the society should fight the mentality of Reproductive Health as that concerning the women only and that men should also be just as active in participating and supporting Reproductive Health like so in the case of Post Abortion Care.
The training is ongoing at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) and Kisumu East District Hospital (KEDH), in Kisumu County, Western Kenya.