PAC Consortium Launches the Youth-Friendly Postabortion Care Supplemental Training Module

The PAC Consortium’s Youth-Friendly PAC Task Force, co-chaired by Gwyn Hainsworth, Pathfinder International and Donna McCarraher, FHI360 published the Youth-Friendly Postabortion Care Supplemental Training Module and introduced this resource at the PAC Consortium meetings on November 12-13, 2012.  Since adolescents are often more vulnerable to unsafe abortion and unintended pregnancies for a myriad of reasons, PAC services should be tailored to effectively address the reproductive health needs and rights of youth. This module was designed to be used as part of a comprehensive PAC training program and improves the capacity … Read more →

Study Shows Declining Rate of Abortion-Related Complications in Brazil

The 2012 study Trends in hospitalization for abortion-related complications in Brazil, 1992-2009: Why the declining numbers and severity? by Susheela Singh, Mario F.G. Monteiro, and Jacques Levin draws upon hospital data from the Ministry of Health in Brazil.  Between 1992 and 2009 there was a 35.4% decline in the number of women experiencing complications related to unsafe or incomplete abortion.  Among women who had a complication, fewer experienced a serious complication (20% in 2009 compared with 33% in 1992).  The authors cite many reasons for the decrease in abortion-related complications, including … Read more →

New Postabortion Care Research

In its weekly literature review, the RAISE Initiative at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health highlighted four articles related to postabortion care.  Each article was published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics and addressed a different issue related to postabortion care.  Inadequate access to PAC services, lack of knowledge about reproductive health services, and stigma were cross-cutting barriers noted in all of the studies.

The study from Tigray, Ethiopia found that women who accessed services at low- and mid-level facilities had higher odds of experiencing a complication postabortion (Gerdts et al., 2012). In Madhya Pradesh, India women who suffered complications after an induced abortion often consulted with family members and sought care from untrained service providers before they went to a hospital for treatment (Banerjee et al., 2012). It is essential to address life-threatening delays in seeking postabortion care services and poor coverage of PAC services.