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[London, United Kingdom, IPPF, 2015]. 2 p.The Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC, the IPPF Collaborating Partner in Zimbabwe) and other civil society organizations (CSOs) have identified a number of ‘high priority’ pledges: progress towards these pledges is critical for increasing access to modern family planning (FP) methods. Civil society calls on the government to: Facilitate the active participation of girls and young women, including those who are marginalized and those living with HIV, in all aspects of national programming and decision-making relating to HIV and AIDS; Strengthen commitment to women’s health by responding to the health impact of unsafe abortion, a major public health concern, by scaling up post-abortion care and reducing unintended pregnancies through expanded and improved family planning services; Implement evidence-based HIV prevention programmes that address the needs of girls and young women, especially those living in prison or detention centres, those involved in transactional sex or child marriages, survivors of gender-based violence and orphans.
Family planning: a key component of post abortion care. Consensus statement: International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), International Council of Nurses (ICN), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
[London, United Kingdom], FIGO, 2009 Sep 25. 4 p.The International Federation of OB/Gyn (FIGO,) the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and USAID have recently issued this joint statement that makes a compelling case for the provision of voluntary family planning along with post abortion care. A key message is “The provision of universal access to post abortion family planning should be a standard of practice for doctors, nurses, and midwives in public and private health care.” It also provides some insight on organizing services to make it more practical, including providing FP at the point of service delivery. This document can be used as an advocacy tool at a variety of levels including national, district and facility level.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Ipas, 2008. 4 p.The United Nations Population Fund estimates that 25-50 percent of maternal deaths in refugee settings are attributable to unsafe abortions. Making pregnancy safer includes timely and appropriate management of unsafe and spontaneous abortion for all women, and the provision of or referral for safe abortion services to the full extent allowed by law. Manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) has been used worldwide for more than three decades, enabling millions of women in developed and developing countries to undergo safe and effective uterine evacuation for treatment of incomplete abortion and first-trimester abortion, as well as endometrial biopsy. This brochure highlights how MVA is an important part of safe, effective abortion and postabortion care in conflict settings.
[Chapel Hill, North Carolina], Ipas, 2004. (8)  p.This document compiles facts and recommendations for action to prevent maternal mortality due to unsafe abortion, ensure that legal abortion is safe and accessible for all women, guarantee that legal abortion and postabortion care services are within reach of all women throughout health systems, and review laws and policies that place women's lives in danger. These essential steps to protect women's health and guarantee their human rights--endorsed by the world community over the past decade--require concerted action from health systems, professional associations, parliamentarians, women's organizations and all relevant stakeholders. Implementing safe, legal abortion services, removing barriers to existing services, and informing the public about where they can obtain abortion care are key measures to ensure safety and access to abortion. (excerpt)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Ipas, 2003.  p.This document compiles facts and recommendations for action to prevent maternal mortality from unsafe abortion, ensure legal abortion is safe and accessible to all women, put legal abortion and postabortion care within reach of all women throughout health systems, and review laws and policies that place women’s lives in danger or contain punitive measures against women who have undergone illegal abortion. These essential steps to protect women’s health and guarantee their human rights — endorsed by the world community over the past decade — require concerted action from health systems, professional associations, parliamentarians, women’s organizations and all relevant stakeholders. Implementing safe, legal abortion services, removing barriers to existing services, and informing the public about where they can obtain abortion care are key measures to ensure safety and access to abortion in order to safeguard women’s health. The material included here is drawn from the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the Fourth World Conference on Women, the corresponding 5-year reports on progress, and the UN Millennium Goals. The most recent estimates of public health impact of abortion in the region are also included. (excerpt)
Geneva, Switzerland, WHO, 2003. 106 p.In October 2000,at the United Nations Millennium Summit, all countries agreed on the global imperative to reduce poverty and inequities. The need to improve maternal health was identified as one of the key Millennium Development Goals, with a target of reducing levels of maternal mortality by three-quarters between1990and2015. The causes of maternal deaths are multiple. Women die because complications during labour and delivery go unrecognised or are inadequately managed. They die from diseases such as malaria, that are aggravated by pregnancy. They die because of complications arising early in pregnancy, sometimes even before they are aware of being pregnant, such as ectopic pregnancy. And they die because they seek to end unwanted pregnancies but lack access to appropriate services. Achieving the Millennium Development Goal of improved maternal health and reducing maternal mortality requires actions on all these fronts. (author's)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, INTRAH, PRIME, 2002 Apr 4.  p. (PRIME Voices No. 10; USAID Grant No. HRN-A-00-99-00022-00)Over the four days of the conference, speaker after speaker rose to emphasize the urgency of the risk to the lives of women who are endangered by the lack of access to quality PAC services. They also highlighted the importance of linking PAC with family planning to prevent repeat unwanted pregnancies, and with other reproductive health services. The key roles of primary providers and communities were also singled out in proposed interventions. (excerpt)