New Study Compares PAC Services, Client Satisfaction, and Provider Attitudes for Youth and Adult PAC Clients in Kenya

The newly released study Post-Abortion Care Services for Youth and Adult Clients in Kenya: A Comparison of Services, Client Satisfaction and Provider Attitudes examines the type of care young PAC clients receive as compared with adult PAC clients and providers’ attitudes towards serving adolescents and youth. Read the study here.


Unsafe abortion accounts for 35 percent of maternal mortality in Kenya. Post-abortion care (PAC) reduces maternal death and provides an opportunity to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Few studies have documented how the receipt of PAC services varies by client age. In this study, descriptive data were collected from clients, providers and eight health facilities in Kenya’s Central and Nairobi provinces to examine receipt of PAC services by client age, client satisfaction, and provider attitudes. Delivery of PAC treatment, pain management, HIV and sexually transmitted infection services and violence screening did not vary by age. However, fewer youth between the ages of 15 and 24 received a contraceptive method compared with adult clients (35% versus 48%; p=0.02). Nearly 50 percent of youth reported not using a family planning method due to fears of infertility, side-effects or lack of knowledge compared with 22 percent of adults. Additional efforts are needed in Kenya to bolster the family planning services that young PAC clients receive and increase the uptake of contraception.

Authors and Affiliations:

Emily Evens, FHI 360-North Carolina, Durham, NC, USA
Rose Otieno-Masaba, FHI 360-Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya
Margaret Eichleay, FHI 360-North Carolina, Durham, NC, USA
Donna Mccarraher, FHI 360-North Carolina, Durham, NC, USA
Gwyn Hainsworth, Pathfinder International, Watertown, MA, USA
Cate Lane, USAID, Washington, DC, USA
Margaret Makumi, Pathfinder International, Nairobi, Kenya
Pamela Onduso, Pathfinder International, Nairobi, Kenya

Journal of Biosocial Science / FirstView Article, pp 1-15, available on CJO2013

DOI:, Published online: 10 June 2013
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