Abortion in Guinea

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Abortion is legal in Guinea under certain circumstances. The abortion pills can be purchased from pharmacies, with a prescription, and surgical abortions are also available.

Is abortion legal in Guinea?

In Guinea, abortion is legal to save the life of the mother; in the case of early pregnancy, rape, and incest; and when a fetus has a serious condition. In this case, the abortion must be authorized by medical specialists, who will justify their decision in a report. It can only be performed by a doctor in a suitable public or private institution. However, post-abortion care services are legal, though implementation and access remains mired by challenges.

What type of post-abortion care is available in Guinea?

Medical and surgical methods are avaible for post-abortion care in Guinea.

What is the abortion rate in Guinea? How many women have abortions?

There is no recent data available about the abortion rate in Guinea. However, a study done between 1990-1996 revealed that an estimated 50% of maternal deaths resulted from complications arising from illegal abortions [1].

Post-abortion care with pills

Are Mifepristone and Misoprostol available in Guinea?

Yes, Misoprostol and Mifepristone are available in pharmacies and at some health centers or clinics.

How late into a pregnancy can the pills be used?

The pills can be used up to 13 weeks of pregnancy.

Do I need a prescription for Mifepristone or Misoprostol?

Mifepristone and Misoprostol cannot be sold without a prescription.

What brands of abortion pills are popular in Guinea?

Misoprostol, which is available under the brand name Cytotec;
Mifepristone, which is available under the brand name Mifegyne; and
Mifepristone combined with Misoprostol, which is available under the brand name Mifedia.

How much do the abortion pills cost in Guinea?

The cost of abortion pills in pharmacies varies from 700 to 4000 XOF.

In-clinic post-abortion care

What different types of in-clinic post-abortion care procedures are available in Guinea?

  • Medication methods with use of pills, such as Misoprostol (Cytotec, Mifegyne); and
  • surgical methods, or Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA).

Where can I get Manual Vacum Aspiration (MVA) post-abortion care in Guinea?

Legal abortion services can be performed by a gynecologist, general practitioner, or midwife. Untrained providers can often do more harm than good. In addition, religious, social, and provider stigma deters many women from using these services.

How much does Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) cost in Guinea?

Despite attempts to research the cost of a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) procedure in Guinea, there are no set prices available.

Who can I contact for more information on post-abortion care in Guinea [2]?

Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene of Guinea
Guinean Association for Family Well-Being
Telegr Address: AGBEF-CONAKRY
BP: 1471-Tel. 30.46.23.65 – Fax: 30.46.86.67
Headquarters: Conakry Guinea e-mail: agbefippfar@yahoo.fr

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by the safe2choose team and supporting experts at carafem, based on the 2019 recommendations by Ipas, and the 2012 recommendations by the WHO.

[1] “Illegal or unsafe abortion in Guinea.” PubMed, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12159499/

[2] “Abortion laws in Guinea.” How to Use Abortion Pill, www.howtouseabortionpill.org/fr/abortion-laws-by-country/Guinea/