An assessment of the factors contributing to increase cases of abortion among women of reproduction age, Mzimba

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Kamuzu University of Health Sciences
Introduction: Abortion continues to be a burden in both developing and developed countries. Global and regional studies show that factors like knowledge, finances and religion have great impact on abortion. In Malawi abortion cases accounts for 18.2% of all gynaecology conditions among women of reproductive age and is the most common cause of infertility in women. Despite increased access to family planning method and integrated post abortion care services, cases are still rising each and every year. Aim: This study aims at assessing factors associated with abortion among women of reproductive age at Mzimba District Hospital. The specific objectives are: to discover the influence of marital status on abortion among women, to explore knowledge of abortion of women of reproductive age, to examine financial status of women of reproductive age, to compare influence of religion on women’s belief to keep pregnancy or not. Methodology: Cross sectional research design will be used to assess the factors associated with increased cases of abortion in Mzima, Malawi. A sample size of 50 will be used during data collection. Data will be analysed using SPSS version 23. Expected findings: We expect that women will have little knowledge on abortion, women of low income level will have high rate of abortion and women of strong religious belief will have low abortion rate. Dissemination: The results from the research findings will be printed and disseminated during dissemination seminar to be held at College of Medicine. Both hardcopies and soft copies will be sent to Kamuzu University of Health Sciences library. We will arrange a meeting with female surgical ward health care workers at Mzimba District Hospital to give feedback of the research findings to incorporate them in their interventions including health education and counselling given to the women
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