Postabortion Family Planning Progress: The Role of Donors and Health Professional Associations

Global leadership from donors and international professional associations has enabled postabortion family planning services to be scaled up worldwide through preservice education, clinical service delivery, and global health programming.

Since 1990, donors, international professional associations, and development partners have worked collaboratively to reduce maternal mortality due to complications of miscarriage and unsafe abortion, by delivering PAC services. Major partners include government donors (e.g., UK Department for International Development, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, German Technical Cooperation), multilateral organizations (United Nations Population Fund, United Nations Childrenā€™s Fund), and private foundations (The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Erik E. and Edith H. Bergstrom Foundation), among others.

This commentary focuses on the actions taken by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1994 to the present and those of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (the Gates Foundation) to address the reduction of unsafe abortion by deliberative attention to postabortion family planning.