Identifying gaps and strengthening capacities for abortion research in Ethiopia: Assessment of abortion-research related experiences, skills, and interests

Niguse Tadele, Lemi B. Tolu, Tesfaye H. Tufa, Assefa Seme, Solomon Shiferaw, Stephanie A. Kung, Elizabeth A. Sully


Collecting accurate and reliable data on abortion is public health imperative, but it is a challenging task that requires specific methods and carefully implemented study designs. This study aimed to assess the institution and individual-level capacity for conducting abortion-related research and identify effective ways to strengthen the capacities of abortion- researchers by filling critical skills and resource gaps. Employing a cross-sectional quantitative and descriptive qualitative research approach, we found that the implementation environment posed challenges, including resistance from religious groups, and individual skill gaps in analyzing abortion data, communication, policy brief preparation, and networking skills. Therefore, investing in building the skills and confidence of researchers to conduct robust research through tailor-made training and reactivating existing partnership fora to facilitate regular interaction between the research community and policy makers is crucial. Jointly seeking funding to support locally relevant research activities is also recommended. (Afr J Reprod Health 2023; 27 [8]: 19-27).

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