Despite the fact that abortion rate is high, few women in Pakistan seek care after abortion and many of them avail the services at un-trained and unsafe conditions and are very reluctant to use family planning to avoid unintended pregnancies and abortions. This research was conceived to understand the social factors, attitudes, beliefs and other barriers that hinder women to seek post-abortion care and use family planning. It examined and measured the presence and intensity of abortion stigma in selected regions and provided a succinct quantitative measure of it among individuals, at community level and particularly among health service provider’s levels at public health facilities. It sought to understand how this stigma is perceived and experienced by women who terminate an unintended pregnancy and influences her subsequent disclosure behavior. It examined how abortion stigma (Stigmatization of attitudes and beliefs) is created across levels of human interaction, made manifest for different individuals within groups and across groups and thereby meant to deepen our understanding of the phenomenon and its multiple manifestations.
Time frame: November 2014 to March 2016
Location: Multan and Muzaffargarh, Punjab
Donor: Department for International Development (DIFD) - through CI UK
Implementing Partner: IDEA
Beneficiaries: Direct: 1240 Indirect: 3326235