According to WHO, among 210 million pregnancies that occur each year, 80 million are unintended and 33 million of these are due to ineffective use of a contraceptive method. There were an estimated 43.8 million induced abortions in 2008 worldwide1. In China, an estimated 13 million induced abortions were conducted in 20082. The large numbers of induced abortions are primarily due to contraceptive failure or less/no use of contraception.
Unsafe induced abortions and repeated abortion are associated with a high risk of injury of long-term physical and psychological morbidity and a heavy social-economic burden. Some complications from unsafe or repeat abortion may reduce women’s productivity, increasing the economic burden on poor families; cause maternal deaths that leave children motherless; cause long-term health problems, such as infertility; and in considerable costs to already struggling public health systems.
INPAC (INtegrating Post-Abortion family planning services into existing abortion services in hospital settings in China), is an EC funded FP7 project. The project aims to evaluate the effect of introducing post-abortion family planning (FP) services in existing hospital in order to reduce unintended pregnancy and repeated abortion, and thus to improve women’s health. The project also expects to translate research findings into policy recommendations on health system organization and to improve equitable access to reproductive healthcare and FP service.