Health professionals discuss improvement of access to safe abortion


More than 400 health professionals from 51 countries attended the 11th Conference of International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception Associates (FIAPAC) “Task sharing in abortion care” organized in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on 3-4 October 2014. They presented their latest research results, shared and discussed lessons learned in improving access to safe abortion and identified the remaining challenges in this area.  

WHO/Europe presented the latest tools and studies related to involvement of midlevel providers in abortion services and WHO guidelines on ensuring rights in the provision of contraception services.  

A dedicated session gave an opportunity to share the WHO/Europe experience of work in improving access to the high quality safe abortion services in the European Region.  National experts from Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation and Ukraine presented how the results of strategic assessment of access to family planning and abortion services, based on the WHO Strategic Approach to strengthening sexual and reproductive health policies and programmes,  led to development and implementation of the national action plans in improving health of women.  WHO stand at the conference was one of the most popular and all publications were gone already on the first day of the meeting.

The  Conference confirmed that considerable progress has been made in research and practice in the area of abortion and contraception, however many challenges still remain.