The Population Council has supported a series of studies to improve the quality of postabortion care (PAC) in Egypt. A 1994 pilot study in two Egyptian hospitals showed that upgrading PAC and training physicians in manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), infection control, and counseling led to significant improvements in the care of postabortion patients. The 1997 study, conducted by the Egyptian Fertility Care Society with support from the Population Council, sought to institutionalize improved postabortion medical care and counseling procedures in ten hospitals. Five senior physicians from each hospital attended a five-day training course in MVA, infection control, and family planning (FP) counseling. The physicians then supervised four months of on-the-job training of doctors and nurses at the ten hospitals. A case management protocol, including emergency medical treatment, pain control, and FP counseling, was also introduced. As reported in this brief, training providers and introducing a case management protocol led to improved PAC at ten government and teaching hospitals in Egypt.
"Egypt: Expand access to postabortion care," FRONTIERS OR Summary. Washington, DC: Population Council, 2000.
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