New Publications Describe Comprehensive Assessment of Postabortion-Family Planning Services in Four West African Countries

Laurel Lundstrom

Evidence To Action Project (E2A) | Communications Specialist

The Evidence to Action Project (E2A) is pleased to announce the publication of four technical briefs summarizing its assessment of postabortion care (PAC) services in four West African countries. The assessments, which emphasize the family planning component of PAC services, follow the concerted effort of Francophone West African countries to strengthen PAC services at point of treatment.

E2A conducted the assessments in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Senegal, and Togo. All of these countries participated in a regional conference in 2008, where country teams developed action plans for strengthening PAC that would apply the Virtual Fostering Change methodology for strengthened services and scale-up. The action plans aimed to improve certain aspects of PAC service delivery, such as:

  • Reorganization of PAC services
  • Trainings 
  • Supply chain management for family planning commodities and manual vacuum aspiration kits
  • Health information systems
  • Financing
  • Leadership, governance and management
  • Community mobilization for PAC

The assessments tell the story of how each action plan was implemented, and show what has helped—or hindered—PAC service delivery to date. To conduct each assessment, E2A held key informant interviews and focus group discussions with PAC champions, government officials, and service providers, including doctors and midwives, in addition to reviewing PAC registers.

Results of the assessments, and drafts of the corresponding technical briefs were presented at a regional workshop, held last October in Saly, Senegal. Based on the assessment results, representatives from the four countries, along with others in Francophone West Africa, have made plans to strengthen certain aspects of PAC service delivery over the next year. 

Read the briefs here: Burkina Faso, Guinea, Senegal, and Togo.