Reducing unsafe abortions in Tete through the SAAF project

The SAAF (safe abortion action fund) project ends in March 2022. During the past two years the cases of clandestine abortions were reduced by 15%, compared to the baseline, which was situated at 65% of cases and complications. According to the Provincial Health Department of Tete, maternal mortality has also been reduced by 15% thanks to the provision of medical abortion services. 

‘I even thought about committing suicide, throwing myself off a bridge. I was irresponsible in allowing an unprotected relationship. Today my father is once again my hero, now I am born again.’ This is the voice of Catarina Manuel, a 15-year-old teenager, after undergoing a medical abortion process in one of the health units in Tete. Catarina is one of just over 2,500 women and girls who, during the two years of the project implementation in Tete, benefited from the safe abortion program. The project was piloted in three districts, namely Changara, Cahora Bassa and Angónia, focusing on access to qualitative safe abortion services without fear of stigma and discrimination.

The project strengthened the health system with highly trained health providers and equipped the Health Centers with medical and non-medical material, with an emphasis on the supply of Misoprostol and Mifepristone medication. We also distributed an extensive package of information and educational material on safe abortion to reduce the stigma and discrimination and, consequently, the number of gynaecological emergencies. But the greatest achievement of all was making safe abortion services more accessible for Mozambican women and girls.

João Sérgio Mutacate, gynaecologist/obstetrician and member of AMOG, technical partner