The Zambia Prevention of Unsafe Abortion-Project Charter
The Zambia Association of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians (ZAGO) is a non-profit making, voluntary professional member association for medical doctors specialised in maternal and new-born health. The organisation was established on the need to advocate for the provision of high quality sexual reproductive services to women and adolescent girls. Founded in 2005 and officially registered in 2006, ZAGO has been advocating countrywide for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). The Association is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the practice of Obstetrics and Gynaecology through:
Continuing Medical Education (CME)
ZAGO is currently running a project dubbed: “The Zambia Prevention of Unsafe Abortions Project”. This is a Four-Year Multi-Country Capacity Building Project’, that started in March 2019 to March 2023. The Project is supported by the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO).
This is an advocacy-oriented project aimed at bringing about awareness of the dangers of using unsafe abortion in the country, while at the same time making efforts to addressing the problem within the confines of the law. The Project is based on the country’s needs assessment conducted on the challenges of unsafe abortions. The needs assessment was done in April 2018 by KIT Royal Tropical Institute and ZAGO regarding abortion related advocacy.
ZAGO envisions a Zambia where women can reach their full Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including access to safe abortion services.
ZAGO wants to attain significant reduction in maternal deaths and morbidity in Zambia arising from unsafe abortion, by women having increased access to safe abortion services. To achieve this, ZAGO has strengthened capacity in safe abortion advocacy and is seen as a national leader in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for women and girls, including access to safe abortion. The organisation believes that only a combination of interrelated strategies can lead to a reduction in women having unsafe abortions, while strong networks can lead to improved access, utilisation and quality of safe abortion services.