Our objective is to understand both, the role that socio-economic circumstances play in the seeking of abortion and abortion-related services in Zambia, and the costs of safe and unsafe abortion for women, their households, families and friends and the health system.
Our work has enabled us to:
- estimate and compare the socio-economic implications of safe abortion and post abortion care for women and their households
- understand how and why safe abortion services are not used more fully
Our work answers the following questions:
- What are the indirect and direct socio-economic costs of safe abortion compared to hospital-based care following an unsafe abortion for women and their households?
- What role does poverty play in different pregnancy termination trajectories?
- What are the social benefits and costs of using legal safe abortion services compared to informal and/or unsafe abortion methods?
- Why is the investment in safe abortion services in Zambia not fully used by girls and women seeking to terminate a pregnancy?
- We are committed to disseminating our findings and supporting their use to improve the health of girls and women