A Service Integration Approach to Strengthening Postabortion Family Planning

Postabortion family planning is recognized as an important intervention to support women in achieving their reproductive intentions and in avoiding future unintended pregnancies that could lead to repeat abortions. While there is little disagreement whether or not family planning is an essential element of postabortion care, less agreement exists in exactly how to operationalize the integration of family planning into the treatment of incomplete and unsafe abortion and how the global health community can effectively support postabortion family planning. This webinar, featuring Betty Farrell and Boniface Sebikali, discussed EngenderHealth’s service … Read more →

The continuum of abortion care: Serving women in the second trimester

Women who present in the second trimester are at higher risk of morbidity and mortality, especially in places where abortion is restricted and unsafe abortion is prevalent. Caring for women who need second trimester services, whether for safe abortion or after unsafe abortion, is an opportunity to save women’s lives. Earlier this week, on Wednesday, May 9, the PAC Consortium hosted a webinar with partners from Ipas and Gynuity to explore second trimester PAC. The webinar, “The continuum of abortion care: Serving women in the second trimester,” discussed the epidemiology … Read more →

Addressing Stigma and Quality of Care Issues in PAC Services: Fall Meeting Recap

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend “Addressing Stigma and Quality of Care Issues in PAC Services” in November.  A recording of the morning sessions is now available below along with the presentations.  A short report summarizing discussions will be available soon. Presentations The State and Future of Postabortion Care Katherine Turner, Ipas and Maureen Corbett, IntraHealth International Stigma, Discrimination and Human Rights: Making Connections for the PAC Context Kati LeTourneau, inroads and Bia Galli, Ipas (begins around 24:30) After Legalization of Abortion: The Continued Relevance … Read more →

Addressing Stigma and Quality of Care Issues in PAC Services

APHA Conference Center, Washington, DC Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 (9:00am-3:30pm EST) Join the PAC Consortium (in-person or virtually) to explore the current state and future of postabortion care, country experiences, addressing stigma, and using a rights-based approach to improve PAC services. Confirmed presenters include: Dr. Ominde Japhet Achola, Senior Clinical Advisor, EngenderHealth Dr. Indira Basnett, Ipas Country Director, Nepal Ms. Maureen Corbett, Vice President of Programs, IntraHealth International Ms. Bia Galli, Senior Regional Policy Advisor, Ipas Ms. Kati LeTourneau, Advisor, Inroads Dr. John Muganda, Rwanda Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists … Read more →

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 →