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A qualitative study exploring women’s experiences of unsafe abortion in Sudan

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Show simple item record Elamin, Wafa Fazari, Atif B. Elmusharaf, Khalifa 2017-03-20T11:20:09Z 2017-03-20T11:20:09Z 2017
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Unsafe abortions contribute significantly to maternal morbidity and mortality. They are found more frequently in developing countries such as Sudan where abortion laws are restrictive and women have poor access to contraceptives. Gaps in the knowledge exist regarding women’s decision making process to perform an unsafe abortion in Sudan. Understanding these factors is vital for planning and implementing family planning services. The aim of the research was to explore the experience of women exposed to an unsafe abortion in Khartoum—Sudan, and to address the underlying factors that affected women’s decision to seek an unsafe abortion. Design: A descriptive qualitative approach was adopted using in-depth semi-structured interviews with women who had undergone unsafe abortions. Interviews were translated from Arabic; and data were analysed using a thematic approach. Setting and Participants: Participants were recruited from 2 settings: New Omdurman Hospital and Academy Teaching Hospital in Sudan. A convenience sample of women was used in the study. Results: Three core themes emerged: 1) There was an unbalanced relationship dynamic between women and their partners, which affected their use of contraceptives. 2) Maintaining secrecy of the unintended pregnancy and the unsafe abortion was paramount to all women for fear of social stigma. 3) Women tried to internalize and understand their negative experiences of unsafe abortion through religious context. Conclusion: Unsafe abortions have a significant impact on the quality of women’s lives in Sudan. Open dialogue between men and women regarding family planning strategies; community education about the hazardous consequences of unsafe abortion as well as facilitating access to contraceptives and stressing their proper use are necessary steps to decrease the number of unsafe abortions in Sudan. More research is needed to fill the gaps in knowledge regarding unsafe abortions and sexual health among Sudanese women. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Scientific Research of Publishing en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Open Journal of Social Sciences;5, pp. 149-158
dc.subject unsafe abortion en_US
dc.subject unwanted pregnancy en_US
dc.subject family planning en_US
dc.subject qualitative research en_US
dc.title A qualitative study exploring women’s experiences of unsafe abortion in Sudan en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.4236/jss.2017.53013
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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