WHO indicators for monitoring safe access to abortion

The Maternal Health Group (of the London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine) collaborates with the Human Reproduction Program of the World Health Organization to review indicators on provision and access to safe abortion. Unsafe abortion remains a global public health issue, with 8% of maternal deaths worldwide caused by abortion complications. Through the results of the review, the WHO aims at improving monitoring and evaluation activities for safe abortion programme across the globe.

The main activities undertaken by the Maternal Health Group consist in identifying and evaluating existing indicators of provision and access to safe abortion services, as well as assessing their validity and their potential for use routinely or at scale. In order to do this, the MHG will carry out a scoping review of published and grey literature as well as interviews with experts. It will prepare an M&E conceptual framework to map out the indicators. A list of reviewed indicators will be submitted and discussed at a WHO technical consultation meeting. Eventually, an agreed list of indicators will be drawn up together with guidance on their use.

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