Training resources

We have developed safe abortion care training materials to meet the varied needs of health systems and the contexts in which they work. Please contact clinicalupdates@ipas.org with any questions, feedback or inquiries about ordering printed materials.

You can also view our collection of resources for health professionals, including resources, tools and job aids for clinicians.

Before 13 Weeks curricula

Women Centered CAC Reference Manual

This manual provides guidance to health-care personnel on improving the quality of care available to women seeking uterine evacuation services.


Woman-Centered, Comprehensive Abortion Care Trainer’s Manual, Second Edition

This manual is a resource for trainers who lead training courses for health-care workers delivering all elements of woman-centered, comprehensive abortion care, including postabortion care. It contains all of the instructions and materials needed to help participants develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide high-quality care.


A set of guides and related resources providing up-to-date clinical information, activities and learning materials for trainers to use in helping health-care workers acquire the appropriate knowledge, attitudes and practical skills they need to provide first-trimester medical abortion.


At or after 13 week curricula

This reference guide provides information and recommendations based on evidence for dilatation and evacuation (D&E), a form of abortion that utilizes a combination of specialized forceps and vacuum aspiration to evacuate the uterus at or after 13 weeks gestation, for women who need either induced abortion, treatment of incomplete abortion or postabortion care.


This reference guide provides information and recommendations based on evidence for medical abortion at or after 13 weeks gestation, sometimes called induction abortion or termination in the second trimester, using misoprostol-based regimens (mifepristone plus misoprostol or misoprostol only) for women who need either induced abortion, treatment of incomplete abortion or postabortion care.


Training Curriculum Postabortion Care At Or After 13 Weeks Gestation Second Trimester

Medical abortion at or after 13 weeks gestation (‘second trimester’) and Postabortion care at or after 13 weeks gestation (‘second trimester’) each provide up-to-date clinical information, activities and learning materials for trainers.


Expansion Comp Abortion Services 2nd Trimester

This guidance is designed for any health facility planning to expand its abortion services to include abortions in the second trimester of pregnancy.


Postabortion care

This toolkit is designed to help district or national-level clinicians, facility managers or program managers initiate the use of misoprostol as a medical treatment for incomplete abortion or integrate misoprostol into existing postabortion care services.


This manual is designed to prepare health-care workers to provide women with high-quality postabortion care services.  It is useful for a broad audience—including clinicians, trainers, program managers and outreach workers. It provides in-depth clinical information on safe, effective options for first-trimester uterine evacuation and addresses broader service delivery and access issues, including the rights of young women, client-provider communication, and monitoring to improve services. It may be used for countries where there are no legal indications for induced abortion or where there are significant restrictions on induced abortion.


General abortion training

This toolkit is a resource for trainers, program managers and technical advisors who organize or facilitate training events and advocacy workshops in the field of sexual and reproductive health. It provides experienced trainers with the background information, materials, instructions, and tips necessary to effectively facilitate abortion values clarification and attitude transformation interventions.


This publication supplements Abortion care for young women: A training toolkit (Ipas, 2013). It modifies six values clarification and attitude transformation activities to focus specifically on young women and abortion.


This toolkit is a resource for facilitators, program managers and technical advisors who organize or facilitate workshops in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights and who want to advance programming on safe abortion care for women and girls with disabilities.


This manual is intended for use in training-of-trainers courses.


This guide is a resource for future health professionals who want to learn about and engage in abortion issues. Abortion is a critical but often neglected area of women’s rights, women’s health and health science education. The guide was developed for health sciences students—including students in medicine, nursing, midwifery, pharmacology, public health and other related fields—and can be adapted for other audiences too.


Organized in four parts, this training manual aims to foster an advocacy perspective in health-care providers who are involved in delivering abortion and/or postabortion care. The manual will help providers recognize their personal power as advocates and identify different circumstances and means to advocate for comprehensive abortion care to the full limits of the law.


This publication supplements Abortion care for young women: A training toolkit. It modifies six values clarification and attitude transformation activities to focus specifically on young women and abortion.


Clinical Mentor Provider Support

This training manual is for clinical mentors and others providing clinical and programmatic support to health-care providers offering abortion-related care. It includes content, activities and materials to improve their knowledge, attitudes and skills for clinical mentoring and provider support.


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IpasUniversity, or IpasU, is your gateway to learning about safe abortion and postabortion care. Courses in English and Spanish are designed for clinicians and other professionals who work in reproductive health programming.