Resource Type: Publication

Toward a Standard Measure of Abortion Service Quality – A Stakeholder First Approach

Safe, high quality abortion services are a critical component of reproductive health care. But what constitutes high quality abortion services? This study describes a process used to create a new, more concise measure of abortion care quality, and an approach to defining and selecting a set of indicators that can be applied in pharmacies, facilities, or with hotlines, and for clients of surgical or medical abortion services in all countries. Keywords: abortion, quality of care, measurement, user-centered design, stakeholder acceptance, Abortion Service Quality (ASQ)

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The magnitude and severity of abortion-related complications in the Castors Maternity in Bangui, Central African Republic

This eight-page brief outlines selected findings from a research project on the burden of abortion-related complications and their contributing factors in the Maternity of Castors in Bangui, Central African Republic. The study found a greater severity of abortion-related complications in this facility compared to African hospitals in stable settings and reinforces the need to recognize abortion as a serious health issue among fragile or crisis-affected populations.

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Advocacy lens: 2022 WHO Abortion Care Guideline

This resource is intended to support advocates who are working to achieve universal access to comprehensive, person-centered abortion care and an enabling environment for people to exercise their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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Inclusion du handicap dans les programmes de santé reproductive : Boîte à outils de consignes et de clarification des valeurs

Cette boîte à outils est une ressource pour les organisations qui souhaitent développer une mentalité tenant compte du handicap au sein du personnel et des partenaires qui conçoivent et mettent en oeuvre des programmes d’avortement, et de santé et droits en matière de sexualité et de reproduction (SDSR). Elle a été spécialement conçue pour les animateurs et animatrices d’atelier de clarification des valeurs et transformation des attitudes (CVTA) ayant l’expérience de l’organisation de ce type d’ateliers dans le domaine de l’avortement et de la SDSR.

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Élargir le soutien politique en faveur de l’accès et du droit à l’avortement: Leçons issues des 4 coins du monde pour les personnes chargées de plaidoyer

Advocating for abortion access is unlike advocacy on any other global health-care issue. This publication shares insights and lessons learned by Ipas staff and our partners around the world through decades of advocacy work to expand abortion access. The content outlines key obstacles and opportunities that advocates encounter, plus strategies for overcoming common challenges.

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Regional Learning Exchange on Safe Abortion Laws and Policies in Africa

The Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD), in partnership with Ipas Africa Alliance, held a regional exchange learning webinar on 25 August 2021, hosted by the Africa Coalition for Safe Abortion (ACSA). ACSA is a broad-based coalition of regional health and human rights civil society organizations that are committed to advocate for access to safe and legal abortion services in line with the Maputo Protocol. This one-page fact sheet outlines the discussion and actions taken during the learning exchange.

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Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Access to Safe Abortion in Nigeria

Sexual and reproductive health care is often neglected or difficult to access during a crisis, and this can in turn drive more people to seek unsafe abortions that risk their health and lives. For these reasons, Ipas Nigeria conducted a study to understand the impact of Nigeria’s COVID-19 lockdowns on access to safe abortion. Overall, study findings show that the lockdowns exacerbated the pandemic’s impact on women’s access to safe abortion services.

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Abortion Service Quality Initiative

These two fact sheets—Measuring Abortion Service Quality and Abortion Metrics Matter— describe the Abortion Service Quality Initiative’s work to develop a set of common, reliable and evidenced-based metrics to evaluate the quality of abortion care.

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About Us

We work with partners around the world to advance reproductive justice by expanding access to abortion and contraception.

Our Work

The global movement for legal, accessible abortion is growing. Our staff and partners in countries as diverse as Bolivia, Malawi and India are working to ensure all people can access high-quality abortion care.

Where We Work

The global movement for legal, accessible abortion is growing. Our staff and partners in countries as diverse as Bolivia, Malawi and India are working to ensure all people can access high-quality abortion care.


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