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Int J Gynaecol Obstet ; 164 Suppl 1: 31-41, 2024 Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38360034


In 2019, FIGO started implementing its abortion project focusing on advocacy. The Advocacy for Safe Abortion (ASA) Project was conducted in partnership with 10 national professional societies of obstetrics and gynecology in Latin America and Africa. The project aimed to strengthen national societies, support them to be leaders in sexual and reproductive health, and enable them to obtain context-specific advocacy goals that improve access to safe abortion. Innovative monitoring and evaluation methodology enabled tracking of outcomes, consideration of their contribution to success, and cross-country evaluation. The project saw success through some key strategies: institutional capacity strengthening; enhanced work through collaborations; training to increase knowledge and reduce abortion-related stigma with a broad array of stakeholders; and generation and use of evidence to influence decision-makers. This article describes the project and methodology used and provides tangible examples of how societies have been agents of change in their countries and of the need for such important work to continue.

Aborto Induzido , Ginecologia , Obstetrícia , Gravidez , Feminino , Humanos , América Latina , Saúde Reprodutiva , Sociedades Médicas , África
Reprod Health ; 20(1): 97, 2023 Jun 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-37381001


BACKGROUND: From 2018, the International Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO) implemented the Advocating Safe Abortion project to support national obstetrics and gynecology (Obs/gyn) societies from ten member countries to become leaders of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). We share experiences and lessons learnt about using value clarification and attitude transformation (VCAT) and abortion harm reduction (AHR) as strategies for our advocacy engagements. METHODS: The advocacy goal of ending abortion-related deaths followed predefined pathways from an extensive needs assessment prior to the project. These pathways were strengthening capacity of the Obs/gyn society as safe abortion advocates; establishing a vibrant network of partners; transforming social and gender norms; raising awareness of the legal and policy environment regarding abortion, and promoting the generation and use abortion data for evidence-informed policy and practice. Our advocacy targeted multiple stakeholders including media, policy makers judicio-legal, political and religious leaders, health workers and the public. RESULTS: During each engagement, facilitators required audiences to identify what roles they can play along the continuum of strategies that can reduce maternal death from abortion complications. The audiences acknowledged abortion complications as a major problem in Uganda. Among the root causes for the abortion context, audiences noted absence of an enabling environment for abortion care, which was characterized by low awareness about the abortion laws and policy, restricted abortion laws, cultural and religious beliefs, poor quality of abortion care services and abortion stigma. CONCLUSION: VCAT and AHR were critical in enabling us to develop appropriate messages for different stakeholders. Audiences were able to recognize the abortion context, distinguish between assumptions, myths and realities surrounding unwanted pregnancy and abortion; recognize imperative to address conflict between personal and professional values, and identify different roles and values which inform empathetic attitudes and behaviors that mitigate abortion harms. The five pathways of the theory of change reinforced each other. Using the AHR model, we delineate strategies and activities which stakeholders could use to end abortion deaths. VCAT enables critical reflection of views, beliefs and values versus professional obligations and responsibilities, and promotes active attitude and behavior change and commitment to end abortion-related deaths.

Aborto Induzido , Aborto Espontâneo , Feminino , Gravidez , Humanos , Redução do Dano , Uganda , Atitude
Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol ; 228: 329-330, 2018 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29895471


Hyperglycaemia in Pregnancy (HIP) is a global issue as it increases risks for both the mother and child. There remains considerable disparity in clinical practice and national policies for HIP screening. FIGO, EBCOG and EAPM have joined forces to address this disparity in clinical care and reduce the burden of inter-generational Non-Communicable disease.

Diabetes Gestacional/diagnóstico , Programas de Rastreamento , Europa (Continente) , Feminino , Humanos , Gravidez , Sociedades Médicas