Sexual and reproductive health

Interactive website improves access to WHO recommendations on providing safe abortion care

New interactive website

15 JANUARY 2016 | A new website has been launched to help make WHO recommendations on health worker roles in providing safe abortion and post-abortion care more accessible. The interactive resource is based on WHO’s guideline, Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception, and is designed to help people working across the health sector access the recommendations more easily.

Photo of a computer screen displaying the interactive website.
The new website presents the guideline’s information in interactive tables

Barriers to prevention

Around 22 million unsafe abortions are estimated to take place worldwide each year, almost all in low- and middle-income countries. Even though safe, simple, effective primary health-care level interventions exist, many women still do not have access to them, placing their lives unnecessarily at risk.

About the guideline

Whilst in many settings safe abortion care is limited to specialist doctors, many of the evidence-based interventions for safe abortion and post-abortion care covered in the WHO guideline, Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception, particularly for those in early pregnancy, can be provided on an outpatient basis at the primary-care level and by a wide range of non-specialist providers. Such planned and regulated task shifting and task sharing can ensure a rational optimization of the available health workforce, address health system shortages of specialized health-care professionals and improve equity in access to health care.

New interactive design

The new website presents the guideline’s information in interactive tables so that website visitors can easily select and define the specific information they need. Visitors can view recommendations by provider and task, and can choose to sort data by types of intervention or types of recommendation. Additional information and definitions about providers and the recommendations are also available through the website. The guidelines themselves can also be accessed and downloaded.

The ‘Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception’ website can be accessed at srhr.org/safeabortion/.