Using a harm reduction lens to examine post-intervention results of medical abortion training among Zambian pharmacists

Despite broad grounds for legal abortion in Zambia, access to abortion services remains limited. Pharmacy workers, a primary source of health care for communities, present an opportunity to bridge the gap between policy and practice.

As part of a larger operations study, 80 pharmacy workers, both registered pharmacists and their assistants, participated in a training on medical abortion in 2009 and 2010. Fifty-five of the 80 pharmacy workers completed an anonymous, structured training pre-test, treated as a baseline questionnaire; 53 of the 80 trainees were interviewed 12–24 months post-training in face-to-face interviews to measure the retention of information and training effectiveness.

Study results demonstrate that Zambian pharmacy workers have a role to play in safe abortion services and some are willing to play that role.

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Year Published/Updated: 2015

Author(s): Fetters, Tamara, Keris Raisanen, Stephen Mupeta, Isikanda Malisikwanda, Bellington Vwallika, Joachim Osur, Sally Dijkerman