Preventing unsafe abortion and its consequences - Priorities for Research and Action
In August 2000, the UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development, and Research Training in Human Reproduction under the leadership of its Director, Dr Paul F.A. Van Look, convened a consultation on “Priorities and Needs in the Area of Unsafe Abortion” in Geneva, Switzerland, to bring together internationally prominent researchers from a variety of disciplines to assess the global status of unsafe abortion and to identify a research and action agenda to reduce unsafe abortion and its burden on women, their families, and public health systems.
Presentations at the meeting addressed many facets of unsafe abortion, from an evidence-based global overview to medical advances in treating complications to regional perspectives and priorities. Participants documented the gravity and global reach of unsafe abortion and called for action to reduce unsafe abortion and its consequences for women and society. Until unsafe abortion is eliminated, women will continue to suffer the consequences of abortions performed under unsafe conditions. It is hoped that this collection of papers, with their calls for research and action, will stimulate the international public health community to address unsafe abortion and reduce the suffering experienced by millions of women who are not able to access safe abortion services.