Safe Abortion Day: WHO praises innovation driven by the context of Covid-19 



Journée de l’avortement sans risque : l’OMS loue l’innovation entrainée par le contexte de la Covid-19  

“On International Safe Abortion Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates global efforts to protect the continued provision of comprehensive abortion care, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to test the capacity of health systems to provide essential services.

“WHO says that while the pandemic exacerbates existing inequalities and jeopardises access to safe abortion without delay, it is also pushing sexual and reproductive health actors to cooperate on this crucial public health and human rights issue. The UN agency says Covid-19 has undoubtedly created unique opportunities to expand the range of means by which providers offer safe abortion services. These new ways could also improve the capacities of women and individuals to obtain comprehensive, good quality abortion care that matches their values, preferences and circumstances – during the pandemic, and beyond it.

“Globally, three in ten pregnancies end in induced abortion. According to global estimates nearly half of all abortions are unsafe, and developing countries disproportionately bear the burden of 97% of all unsafe abortions. Abortion is a health care service that saves lives and protects the health and well-being of women and girls.

“Digital technologies are shown to play a crucial role in responding to the challenges of Covid-19, for example, with the implementation of telemedicine solutions to enable self-management of abortion and expand the availability of safe abortion in rural and underserved communities.

“Other examples of successful digital interventions include virtual post-abortion follow-up meetings with clients to detect potential complications and maximise opportunities to provide post-abortion contraceptive information, as well as communicating remote information on abortion-related care products to doctors and pharmacists, in order to reinforce their correct use and avoid stock-outs.

SOURCE: UN INFO: World News, 28 septembre 2021