As Malawi government is yet to make a stand on legalization of safe abortion in the country, recent research has disclosed that abortion cases have doubled.
Research by Guttmacher Institute and University of Malawi shows that while in 2009 there were 67,000 induced abortions in Malawi, in 2015 the figure rose to 141,000.
The study also showed that the rate of abortions per 1000 women aged 15 rose from 38 in 2009 to 49 in 2015.
Speaking in an interview with Malawi24 on Thursday, one of the researchers from College of Medicine a constituent college of UNIMA Doctor Chisale Mhango (Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology) explained that abortion is a setback in the country.
“We found that induced abortion is still a problem in Malawi, you may recall that in 2009 there were 67,000 induced abortions in Malawi. In 2015 the figures rose to 141,000. Though this follow reports of high contraception use in Malawi,” said Mhango.
The study results further show that the majority of induced abortion procedures in Malawi are performed under clandestine and unsafe conditions.
Complications from abortions have been estimated to account for 6 percent and 18 percent of maternal deaths in Malawi.
Abortion is only legal in Malawi in cases where the termination of the pregnancy would save a woman’s life. Otherwise obtaining an abortion for any other person is punishable by 7 to 14 years behind bars.
The abortion and post abortion study by the two institutions was made possible with grants from United Kingdom (UK) government, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation.