Access, Service Capacity, and Quality :

Strengthening Postabortion Care

This section of the digital archive is devoted to RESPOND’s extensive technical assistance in improving access and service capacity. A section spotlighting “access” features a large collection of project briefs, journal articles, research studies, and tools, as well as several presentations delivered at international conferences, symposiums, and key meetings.

The section focusing on “service capacity” features project briefs, study reports, and presentations covering RESPOND’s initiatives in West Africa with International Planned Parenthood Federation affiliates providing long-acting methods, in East Africa (Tanzania and Malawi) promoting long-acting methods and permanent methods, and in India expanding no-scalpel vasectomy services.

That section also features materials related to strengthening postabortion care (PAC) services. By definition, PAC includes family planning; however, in practice, family planning methods and services, especially long-acting contraceptives and female sterilization, are not readily available in low-resource settings. Engaging in a community mobilization approach is just one way through which the quality of PAC services can be improved. Improving clinical care and strengthening standards and practices, particularly midwifery skills, is another. This section contains project briefs, journal articles, research studies, a training guide, and a variety of presentations on PAC that were featured at international conferences. It also contains newsletters published by the interagency USAID-led PAC Connection Working Group, for which RESPOND served as its secretariat. The newsletters include links to vital PAC materials, such as the PAC Resource Package.

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