WAG showcased its leadership and networking skills when they partnered with Guttmacher in the much awaited dissemination of incidences of induced abortions in Zimbabwe. The safety of abortion is of particular concern in Zimbabwe. The country has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, estimated at 651 per 100,000 live births. In contrast to the global trend of reductions in maternal mortality over the past 25 years, which was facilitated by countries striving to meet Sustainable Development Goal 3, Zimbabwe has experienced an increase in its maternal mortality ratio. Unsafe abortion is likely a contributing cause of maternal mortality in Zimbabwe.
There were no national estimates of the incidence of abortion or the national provision of PAC in Zimbabwe. The study provided the first nationally representative estimate of the provision of PAC, and the incidence of induced abortion and unintended pregnancy in Zimbabwe. These findings have the potential to inform policy and programs addressing unsafe abortion and PAC in Zimbabwe. WAG’s role is centred on advocacy around policy reforms concerning women and adolescents sexual and reproductive health. WAG is currently disseminating findings from the abortion incidence and morbidity study.