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Integrating medical abortion into safe abortion services in South Africa

Published:
Jul. 2008
Type:
Staff Publication
Topic:
Medical Abortion
Authors:
Winikoff, Beverly Kawonga, M., Blanchard, B., Cooper, D., Cullingworth, L., Dickson, K ., Harrison, T., von Mollendorf, C., Winikoff, B.

This study trained health workers to provide medical abortion to 290 women attending three sites offering termination of pregnancy services in South Africa. Prospective data were collected to ascertain women's experience of the method, pregnancy outcome, women's and provider's acceptability of the method, and the operational requirements for providing medical abortion. This study demonstrates that integration of medical abortion into public sector services is feasible. The results of this study will guide policy decisions about integrating medical abortion into South Africa's public sector safe abortion services, within the context of the existing enabling legislative framework.

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