Male perceptions of post-abortion care in Karachi, Pakistan

Inayatullah Khan, Tazeen Saeed Ali, Nasim Zahid Shah, Shahnaz Shahid, Shehla Naeem Zafar

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Background/Aims The high maternal mortality in Pakistan stems from pregnancy- or abortion-related complications. Pakistan’s patriarchal society, where men are key decision-makers, makes it necessary to involve men in maternal and child reproductive health care initiatives.This study aimed to understand men’s perceptions of post-abortion care in Karachi, Pakistan. Methods A descriptive qualitative exploratory research design was used. Data were collected from 10 participants through in-depth interviews, and were analysed thematically. Results The themes were ‘men’s understanding of post-abortion care’, ‘barriers to post-abortion care’ and ‘men’s role in enhancing post-abortion care practices: a missing link’.The participants believed that abortion was allowed only on medical grounds, and that most women could not use post-abortion care services because of the associated cost. Conclusions Men are key decision-makers in Pakistan.There is a need to educate and provide men with adequate information on post-abortion care. Male health workers should be recruited in the community. Stakeholders should ensure the availability and accessibility of post-abortion care services in the public health setting so women can receive care in a timely manner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)678-684
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022


  • Contraception
  • Induced abortion
  • Male perception
  • Post-abortion care
  • Unintended pregnancy


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