The Postabortion Care (PAC) Consortium sounds an alarm within the reproductive health community about the need to effectively treat complications of miscarriage and incomplete abortion in order to reduce maternal mortality worldwide, and to promote PAC as an effective strategy for addressing this pressing global problem. The PAC Consortium promotes PAC as an effective strategy for addressing this global problem through a comprehensive public health model of the Five Essential Elements of Postabortion Care: community and service provider partnerships, counseling, treatment, contraceptive and family planning services, and reproductive and other health services. Join here.
According to the WHO, about 22 million unsafe abortions occur each year causing close to 50,000 maternal deaths - the vast majority of which, are developing countries. In addition, approximately 5 million women suffer short-term or lifelong disabilities due to complications resulting from unsafe abortion. Postabortion care is a strategy to address this problem by treating women with complications, providing family planning services to prevent future abortions, counseling and referring women for other needed services, and engaging communities.
Individually and in collaboration, the PAC Consortium agencies implement postabortion care programs around the world, and also encourage technical agencies, governments and donors to incorporate PAC into their own programs and policies as a critical step in reducing deaths and injuries of women from complications related to miscarriage and abortion-related consequences.
On Thursday, September 4, the Youth-Friendly PAC Task Force hosted a webinar: Why Youth-Friendly PAC? Reasons, Resources, & Reality. The webinar explored the need for youth-friendly PAC, explored advocating for youth-friendly PAC through a human rights approach, provided two country experiences from Sierra Leone and Pakistan, and gave an overview of available resources.
- Why Youth-Friendly PAC? - Catherine Packer, FHI 360
- Youth-Friendly PAC: Young People's Human Right - Lara Cousins, Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights
- Young, Empowered, Safe - James Fofanah, Ipas Sierra Leone
- Why Youth-Friendly PAC? Field Experience from Pakistan - Muhammad Aslam Panhwar, Peace Foundation
- Moving Forward: Tools and Resources to Advance YFPAC - Callie Simon, Pathfinder International
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Written by: Japheth Ominde Achola, PAC Consortium Co-Chair and Senior Clinical Advisor, EngenderHealth
On behalf of the PAC Consortium, I recently attended a two-day workshop in Johannesburg hosted by our colleagues at FIGO. The meeting was held from 16 -17 May 2014. The regional meeting, “Prevention of Unsafe Abortion and its Consequences,” focused on strengthening postabortion contraception in Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa. The meeting brought together approximately 30 colleagues from ministries of health, FIGO country affiliates, and international organizations from Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia.
The first day of the workshop included presentations from a number of partner organizations and country teams to share their work on the prevention of unsafe abortion and postabortion care (PAC). The presentations focused on the status of implementation of the country action plans and areas that lend themselves to collaboration between country teams and international organizations. Different countries also reported varying progress in the implementation of their actions plans. The areas of focus included development of guidelines and standards, advocacy activities, training on CPAC, and postabortion family planning.
It is with great pleasure that we announce a new document from the PAC Consortium’s Service Delivery Task Force: Essential Elements of Postabortion Care: Service Delivery Barriers and Resources.
The Service Delivery Task Force will now prioritize the most important service delivery barriers and work collaboratively to address them by identifying or developing appropriate resource materials.
- New Video: Youth Voices on Postabortion Care
- Meet the New PACC Host Organization
- Joint Consensus Statement of Postabortion Family Planning
- Postabortion Care: Two Decades of Uneven Progress and Where We Go From Here
- New Study Compares PAC Services, Client Satisfaction, and Provider Attitudes for Youth and Adult PAC Clients in Kenya