Interviews with Young People Shed Light on Pressing Need for Youth-friendly Information and Services

Written by: Catherine Packer, Research Associate, FHI 360, and Co-Chair of the Youth-Friendly PAC Task Force The following originally appeared on the K4Health blog. It is reposted here with permission. Each year about 18 million adolescent girls under the age of 19 give birth, and about three million adolescents ages 15 to 19 undergo unsafe abortions worldwide. Childbirth and pregnancy-related complications are the number one cause of death among girls ages 15 to 19 in low- and middle-income countries. Early pregnancy increases the risk of anemia, postpartum hemorrhage, prolonged obstructed labor, … Read more →

Imagining a World Free from Postabortion Care Stigma

Written by: PAC Consortium Community and Stigma Task Force Every year, 47,000 women die because of unsafe abortion and millions more face injuries, including hemorrhage, infection, chronic pain, secondary infertility and trauma to multiple organs.1 Unsafe abortion accounts for 13% of pregnancy-related deaths worldwide.2 Of the 38 million abortions performed annually in developing countries, more than half are unsafe (56%); in Africa and Latin America, virtually all abortions are unsafe (97% and 95%, respectively). Of the 8.5 million women annually that require medical attention due to unsafe abortions, only 3 … Read more →

Prevention of Unsafe Abortion and its Consequences

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 … Read more →

Meet the New PACC Host Organization

EngenderHealth has officially taken over the role of host organization for the PAC Consortium for 2014 and 2015. EngenderHealth (then AVSC) was a founding member of the PAC Consortium and served as the host organization from 2000 to 2002. The organization has steadily worked to expand access to postabortion care services around the world, has been involved with implementing post-abortion care services in nearly 30 countries, and has trained more than 15,000 clinicians to provide lifesaving treatments. To learn more about EngenderHealth’s work on PAC, click here. EngenderHealth looks forward … Read more →

Joint Consensus Statement of Postabortion Family Planning

Calling for a renewed commitment to the health of women following induced abortion, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), International Council of Nurses (ICN), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), White Ribbon Alliance (WRA), Department for International Development (DFID), and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have issued a joint consensus statement on the importance of family planning service provision to women when they are treated for postabortion complications. The statement commits the endorsing organizations to ensure that voluntary family planning counseling and … Read more →

Postabortion Care: Two Decades of Uneven Progress and Where We Go From 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), … Read more →