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Meeting health care needs of women experiencing complications of miscarriage and unsafe abortion: USAID's postabortion care program.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17603959     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Each year, an estimated 210 million women become pregnant. Worldwide, more than one fourth of these pregnancies will end in abortion or an unplanned birth. While many abortions may result from the desire to delay or avoid pregnancy, 15% to 20% of pregnancies will end in miscarriage or stillbirth with some causative agents being malaria, HIV/AIDS, and physical violence. Postabortion care (PAC) is needed to provide treatment for complications caused by incomplete or spontaneous abortion and critical family planning counseling and services to prevent future unplanned pregnancies that may result in repeat abortions. In 2003, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) initiated a 5-year strategy wherein seven countries were provided financial funding and technical assistance. Since 2003, more than 3000 women have been seen in health centers and health posts for PAC services; more than 14,000 community members have received messages on unsafe abortion; family planning, and complications of unsafe abortion and miscarriage; and more than 600 documents were reviewed for inclusion in a global PAC resource package. This package has been used for developing Cambodia's national PAC policy and for developing patient education materials and provider job aids in Cambodia and Tanzania. These promising methodologies will be replicated in other countries.
Carolyn Curtis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of midwifery & women's health     Volume:  52     ISSN:  1542-2011     ISO Abbreviation:  J Midwifery Womens Health     Publication Date:    2007 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-02     Completed Date:  2007-07-16     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100909407     Medline TA:  J Midwifery Womens Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  368-75     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
USAID, Global Health Bureau, Washington, DC 20523, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Therapeutic*
Aftercare / organization & administration*
Family Planning Services / organization & administration*
Government Agencies
Government Publications as Topic
Health Education / organization & administration*
Health Services Needs and Demand / organization & administration*
International Cooperation
Maternal Welfare
United States
Women's Health
Women's Health Services / organization & administration*

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