Youth Friendly Postabortion Care

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Paying special attention to the barriers and stigma that youth face, Pathfinder improved the capacity of providers to deliver youth-friendly postabortion care.

Board funding supported an innovative one-year Youth-Friendly Post-Abortion Care (YF PAC) program in eight sub-Saharan African countries to address unsafe abortion among adolescent women and incorporate YF PAC into Pathfinder's ongoing reproductive health programs in Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.

Based on the PAC Consortium's technical guidance on youth-friendly PAC, Pathfinder increased access to post-abortion care services that are responsive to adolescent needs. After baseline assessments were conducted using the Pathfinder-developed YF PAC Assessment Tool, minor refurbishments were undertaken at facilities to increase privacy and ensure separate areas for procedures and counseling. Service providers were trained in manual vacuum aspiration, youth-friendly approaches, post-abortion family planning, counseling, gender-based violence, and referrals for other needs. The number of adolescent PAC clients who adopted a contraceptive method to prevent future unintended pregnancies increased.

Through advocacy efforts, community support increased for services and activities that prevent unwanted pregnancy, awareness was raised on the issue of unsafe abortion among adolescent women, and stigma around abortion was addressed.



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Related Publications

October 2008

Pathfindings: Youth-Friendly Postabortion Care Services in Africa

A report on Pathfinder's Youth-Friendly Postabortion Care project in eight African countries. The project was implemented June 2007 to May 2008 with the goal of increasing access to PAC services that are responsive to adolescents' special needs.

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Saving Young Lives: Pathfinder International's Youth-Friendly Postabortion Care Project

Summarizing Pathfinder's recent experience implementing the Youth Friendly Postabortion Care (YFPAC) Project in eight African countries, this report contains program descriptions,key results, challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations.

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The Pathfindings Publications Series

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Assessment of Youth-Friendly Postabortion Care Services: A Global Tool for Assessing Postabortion Care for Youth

This tool is designed to help assessment teams, project managers, supervisors, and providers collect detailed information on the quality of Postabortion Care (PAC) services provided to adolescents in order to make services more youth friendly.

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