Background: An estimated 22 million abortions continue to be performed unsafely each year, resulting in the death of an estimated 47, 000 women and disabilities for an additional five million women. Almost every one of these deaths and disabilities could have been prevented through sexuality education, family planning and the provision of safe, legal induced abortion and care for complications of abortion (Source: WHO).
To reduce unsafe abortion rates and the maternal mortality and morbidity associated with unsafe abortion through two components: encouraging FIGO Member Societies to give proper attention to the problem of unsafe abortion and adopt the FIGO Initiative for the Prevention of Unsafe Abortion; the other is working directly with Member Societies in ensuring that they are directly involved in preparing and implementing a plan of action that serves the affected women. The Initiative involves 46 countries, and concentrates on 16 priority countries with high unsafe abortion and maternal mortality rates.
To implement the plans of action developed by these countries, with an ongoing objective to ensure that these 16 priority countries achieve at least 70 per cent of the proposed country level objectives before the end of 2014, through reducing unintended/unwanted pregnancies; improving access to safe abortion services; and increasing the quality of and access to post-abortion care (including post-abortion contraception).