This two-page fact sheet is adapted from a 2013 Ipas report investigating the impact of criminal abortion laws on women, their families and health-care providers in three South American countries—Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina.
The longstanding provider-patient confidentiality relationship is quietly eroding as an alarming number of medical staff across Latin America are reporting women and girls to the police for having abortions. Many countries now require, protect or encourage medical providers to breach their confidentiality duties when they treat women seeking postabortion care. This publication covers the three main ways health-care providers are compelled to breach confidentiality, based on the varying Latin American laws governing provider obligations on the issue of abortion. It also details how such laws impact both providers and women, and lists the many international bodies, declarations, consensus documents, etc. that establish standards for protecting patient confidentiality. Finally, the publication provides recommendations for international human rights bodies, governments and health-care professionals to protect women’s right to confidentiality as well as providers’ ethical obligation to uphold that right.
Utilizando el enforque TeamSTEPPS® para mejorar el trabajo y la comunicación para los servicios de aborto: lecciones de pilotos en Bolivia y Ghana
Este resumen técnico fue desarrollado para ayudar a los proveedores de servicios de primera línea y a otras partes interesadas a crear una cultura de seguridad al integrar TeamSTEPPS en la atención integral del aborto.
Using the TeamSTEPPS® approach to improve teamwork and communication for abortion care: Lessons from pilots in Bolivia and Ghana
This technical brief was developed to help frontline service providers and other stakeholders create a safety culture when integrating TeamSTEPPS into comprehensive abortion care.