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Postabortion Care

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A Guide to Action for Community Mobilization and Empowerment Focused on Postabortion Complications: Facilitator's Manual
This training manual is based on the experiences in Kenya focused on community mobilization for postabortion care (COMMPAC) activities that are being implemented and evaluated in the Navaisha District of Rift Valley Province. Using the Community Action Cycle, a participatory problem-solving approach, community members are able to identify, prioritize, and solve the major problems relating to PAC in their communities.
(2010) Download as a PDF (2.1MB) from the RESPOND Project

Changing Policies and Attitudes: Postabortion Care in the Philippines (PDF, 417 KB)
Compass, 2003, No. 1. Intended broadly for the professional community involved in international public health and development, Compass is a periodic publication featuring snapshots of the results of EngenderHealth's work in the areas of family planning, prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and maternal care. This issue reports on how women suffering complications from incomplete abortion were managed with a greater degree of clinical safety, efficiency, and humanity, thanks to a program called Prevention and Management of Abortion Complications (PMAC). Developed and implemented in the Philippines by EngenderHealth in collaboration with the nation's Department of Health, PMAC also promoted an evolution in providers' attitudes and values, which led to improved counseling skills, better care for postabortion clients, and increased use of manual vacuum aspiration in the clinical treatment of complications.
(2003) English AA-COMP03-1.
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Counseling the Postabortion Client: A Training Curriculum
A training guide for postabortion care providers (including doctors, nurses, and midwives) who interact with clients before, during, and immediately after the treatment procedure. This innovative curriculum expands the realm of traditional postabortion care counseling services—which tend to focus primarily on the provision of family planning information and methods and lack emphasis on emotional support and communication—by teaching crucial skills needed to improve communication between providers and clients. An updated version of EngenderHealth's 1999 work-in-progress version, Counseling the Postabortion Patient: Training for Service Providers, this volume contains step-by-step guidelines for conducting a training workshop and participant handouts.
(2003) English PAC-03. Free / French PAC-03F. Free / Spanish PAC-03S.
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Postabortion Care for Adolescents: Results from Research in the Dominican Republic and Malawi
A report summarizing two studies conducted by EngenderHealth in the Dominican Republic and Malawi to determine how facilities can better meet adolescents' needs for postabortion care (PAC). Contains results from interviews with adolescents who received PAC services and providers who deliver them. Includes recommendations for improving adolescent PAC services.
(2004) English PAC-05.
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Adapters for the Double Valve Syringe
A laminated chart illustrating adapters for manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) equipment. The chart shows the color of each adapter and the cannula size.
(1999) English MS-09; Spanish MS-09S; French MS-09F.
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