A review of literature and analysis of large surveys were carried out with funding from the STEP UP consortium led by Population Council to build a coherent body of robust research-based evidence on the situation in India in the context of unmet need for family planning (FP) and safe abortion services. The study found that there is insufficient training of different cadres of health staff in the public health system on abortion provision, post-abortion care, FP counseling of young couples, emergency contraception, and IUD insertion/removal. Despite service delivery guidelines in India expecting providers to provide FP counseling during antenatal visits, only a fraction of women receive counseling. The report includes recommendations to improve the reach and quality of FP counseling and post-abortion contraception; and to increase adherence of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy and the Preconception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques Acts.
Sebastian, Mary Philip, M.E. Khan, and Daliya Sebastian. 2014. "Unintended pregnancy and abortion in India: Country profile report," STEP UP Research Report. New Delhi: Population Council.
Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancy (STEP UP)
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