FIGO’s Advocating for Safe Abortion Project aims to raise the
capacity of ten National Member Societies to be national
leaders on sexual and reproductive health and rights and safe abortion.
Jessica Morris, Senior Project Manager
The Importance of Safe Abortion
FIGO regards reproductive choice, including access to safe abortion
When an abortion is carried out by a qualified provider in appropriate settings, it is one of the safest medical procedures known to science. But when safe abortion isn’t an option, women seeking to exercise their reproductive choice can be faced with untrained providers, often operating in unsanitary environments, or even attempting to self-induce an abortion.
Lack of access to safe abortion results in 45% of all abortions globally being unsafe. Unsafe abortion remains a catastrophic public health problem accounting for up to 13 percent of maternal mortality worldwide, with hundreds of thousands of survivors living with long-term complications, including infertility and chronic pain.
What we do
FIGO is working with ten National Member Societies to raise their capacity to lead advocacy on safe abortion to the extent permitted by law in their respective countries. National societies of obstetrics and gynaecology are in a unique position to be national sexual and reproductive health and rights advocates due to being respected for their technical expertise and close relationships with other partners including the Ministry of Health.
The project’s aims include:
FIGO will support the 10 societies to deliver their project as well as engage in international advocacy efforts. The expected overall long-term impact of the project will be to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity from unsafe abortion, due to women having increased access to safe abortion services.
The Advocating for Safe Abortion Project will run for three years from 2019-2022. Countries involved are: Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Panama, Peru, Uganda and Zambia.
The Project is based on a comprehensive needs assessment of the current situation in each country and the capacity of the national society.
The Advocating for Safe Abortion Project builds on a previous project – the Prevention of Unsafe Abortion Initiative, which ran from 2007.
The impact of safe abortion
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