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Scaling Up post-abortion Care Service: Results from Senegal

Senegal has recently emerged as a leader in West Africa in the extension of post-abortion care (PAC). This paper describes the extension of PAC to the district level in Senegal, where complications of abortion continue to claim too many women’s lives. Between November 2003 and June 2005, Management Sciences for Health introduced PAC services in 23 districts covering more than half the population of Senegal. The availability of PAC rapidly increased in both health centers and health posts. The proportion of health centers with a provider trained in PAC and that offered PAC services increased from 39% in 2003 to 100% in 2005. In 300 health posts, the proportion increased from 0% in 2003 to 72% in 2006. The number of women who sought treatment for an incomplete abortion at a health center more than doubled between 2003 and 2005. The availability of PAC services in the 23 health centers probably contributed to this increase, as did community education efforts. The proportion of women with incomplete abortions who received counseling before leaving a facility increased from 36% in 2003–04 to 82% in 2005. Of those who received counseling, the proportion leaving a facility with a family planning method rose almost fourfold in two years, from 15% in 2003 to 56% in 2005.

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  • Publication Year: 2006
  • Country/Region: Senegal
  • Accessible: Yes
  • Source: Management Sciences for Health. 2006, NO. 5.
  • Link: http://expandnet.net/PDFs/MSH_post-abortion_Senegal.pdf
  • Language: English
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2006 Author(s)   "Fatim Tall Thiam, Siri Suh, Philippe Moreira" In Article