Preventing unsafe abortion
Magnitude of the problem
- 21.6 million women experience an unsafe abortion worldwide each year; 18.5 million of these occur in developing countries
- 47 000 women die from complications of unsafe abortion each year.
- Deaths due to unsafe abortion remain close to 13% of all maternal deaths.
Estimated annual number of unsafe abortions per 1000 women aged 15–44 years, by subregions, 2008
Source: Unsafe abortion: global and regional estimates of incidence of unsafe abortion and associated mortality in 2008.
- Unsafe abortion: global and regional estimates of incidence of unsafe abortion and associated mortality in 2008
Work in the area of prevention of unsafe abortion is done exclusively within the UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP).