SAVE THE DATE!
Global Outreach: Postabortion Care Technical & Advocacy Update
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
8:30 AM to 1:00 PM (EST)
Attend via webinar, or in person at:
American Public Health Association
800 I Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001
Lunch will be served at 1:00PM
· The State of Postabortion Care: Update from Guttmacher Institute
· Postabortion IUD Insertion and Long-Acting Contraception
· Overcoming Barriers to Using Misoprostol
· Making the Case for PAC in the Era of BEmONC
· Changing Provider Attitudes to Reduce Provider Stigma
· Young Women’s Access to Postabortion Care
Followed by PAC Consortium Fall Meeting, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Global implementers are very welcome to join via webinar,
enriching our discussion by sharing on-the-ground experience.
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.
How do we reduce the harm caused by unsafe abortion and ensure that the world's women and girls access quality, comprehensive, and stigma-free postabortion care?
Ellen Israel of Pathfinder International, the current chairing organization of the PAC Consortium, has written a blog post on just these questions titled "Postabortion Care: Two Decades of Uneven Progress and Where We Go From Here on the Pathfinder International website. The blog post highlights the insightful recommendations that flowed from the 45 plus meeting participants and the technical advisory panel comprised of Bela Ganatra (WHO), Shahida Zaidi (FIGO), Nuriye Ortayli (UNFPA), and Manuelle Hurwitz (IPPF) at the May 2013 PAC Consortium Semi-Annual Meeting at Women Deliver in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Some of the recommendations outlined include:
- Invest in better data collection and reporting
- Improve access to quality, comprehensive service delivery
- Integrate family planning into postabortion care
- Address stigma
- Increase global acceptance of misoprostol use
- Reduce the barriers youth face in accessing postabortion care
- Embrace and scale-up evidence-based practices
Read the entire blog post here.
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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0021932013000230, Published online: 10 June 2013
Journal of Biosocial Science: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=JBS
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2013
The PAC Consortium held its Semi-Annual Meeting on May 27th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as part of Women Deliver 2013. Women Deliver serves as a global platform to ensure that the health and rights of girls and women remain top priorities. Given the huge burden of unsafe abortion on the rights, health and lives of women and girls, it was fitting that the PAC Consortium chose this global conference to hold its Semi-Annual Meeting and continue advocating that the time has come to deliver postabortion care for women and girls world-wide.
The meeting featured at lively technical panel with reproductive health experts from WHO, FIGO, UNFPA, and IPPF; round table discussions with the PAC Consortium Task Forces and Country Teams; new postabortion care evidence, and more.
Read a recap of the PAC Consortium Semi-Annual Meeting in Kuala Lumpur here.
- Ipas and Gynuity Health Projects Announce Misoprostol for PAC Training Guide
- Publications Document High Rates of Unintended Pregnancies and Significant Costs Associated with PAC Services in Uganda
- Next PAC Consortium Meeting at Women Deliver 2013
- PAC Consortium Launches the Youth-Friendly Postabortion Care Supplemental Training Module
- Partners Attend PAC Consortium Meetings