Sexual and reproductive health

Expanding health worker roles for safe abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy



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Publication details

Number of pages: 8
Publication date: May 2016
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/16.02


This summary is addressed to policy and programme decision makers. It contains the WHO recommendations on safe, effective and feasible options for task shifting and task sharing in providing safe abortion care in the first trimester.

Why expand health worker roles?
  • To address shortages of specialist doctors.
  • To enable provision of care at primary care level.
  • To facilitate access to safe and timely care for women.

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