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Needs Assessment for a Multi-Country Safe Abortion Project

Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Panama, Peru, Uganda and Zambia
December 2017 – June 2018

KIT conducted a ‘needs assessment’ for the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). It covered a multi-country project designed to increase the capacity of national obstetrics and gynaecology societies to lead their nations in safe abortion advocacy work. The formative research focused on the views about abortion advocacy in ten nations, taking into account both their national and regional contexts.

The primary role of health care providers and health care institutions is to offer health care services. At the same time they are also in a unique position to become women’s sexual and reproductive health advocates – including for safe abortion. In their role as health care providers they can influence peers, the media and policy makers, especially from their health expertise and technical knowledge on health issues. It is FIGO’s ambition to support gynaecologists and obstetricians from around the world to develop their capacity as advocates.

Main aims

At the end of the assessment FIGO would have:


For this needs assessment KIT conducted research in Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Panama, Peru, Uganda and Zambia:

These activities led to the development of country plans of action and a project proposal for a three-year project on safe abortion advocacy.

Focus themes

A needs assessment framework has been developed which consists of the following areas:

1) Abortion situation in each country:

2) Situation in the National Association of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in each country:


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