Why Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides safe abortion care and what that involves

by Catrin Schulte-Hillen, Nelly Staderini and Jean-François Saint-Sauveur
Conflict and Health, 2016 10:19 – Published: 21 September 2016

4 pp. 424 kB

MSF responds to needs for the termination of pregnancy, including on request (TPR); it is part of the organization’s work aimed at reducing maternal mortality and suffering; and preventing unsafe abortions in the countries where they work. The article looks at the legal concerns and proposes that the importance of addressing maternal mortality should replace them and the operational set-up and action organized in a way that mitigates risks. Finally the article looks some key lessons that have emerged for the organization as part of the effort to prevent ill health, maternal death and suffering caused by unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion.

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