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Title: Promoting access to medical abortion in the context of safe abortion worldwide


1
  • Promoting access to medical abortion in the
    context of safe abortion worldwide
  • Rodica Comendant MD, PhD,
  • ICMA Coordinator
  • AWID Forum,
  • Cape Town, SA, November 2008

2
ICMA
  • ICMA was formed in June 2002 as a platform for
    advocacy, debate and dialogue, bringing together
    key players in the field, including advocates,
    service providers, policymakers and researchers
    from all regions of the world with the
  • aim
  • to promote access to medical abortion in the
    context of support for safe abortion worldwide,
    focusing on the needs of women in developing
    countries, especially those where safe abortion
    is not easily accessible.

3
ICMA
  • Growing international membership, gt150 members
    worldwide, mostly from developing countries.
  • Steering Committee 6 members (UK, USA, India,
    Ghana, Egypt, Argentina)
  • The chair and co-chair
  • WHO observer
  • Coordinating organization, (coordinator,
    assistant, financial officer)

4
ICMA Activities
  • International Conference Medical Abortion An
    International Forum on Policies, Programmes and
    Services, October 2004, Johannesburg, South
    Africa.
  • Conference on Second Trimester Abortion, March
    2007, London
  • ICMA third international Conference in 2009
    Medical Abortion Successes, Risks,
    Controversies, Growing Pains, Keeping a Balance

5
ICMA Activities Development of the Information
Package on Medical abortion
  • Comprehensive information package in
  • seven languages that can be adapted and used
    in many settings, addressed to women
  • health service providers womens
    organizations, NGOs policymakers and
    parliamentarians, and selected recourses on
    MA.
  • CDs, website www.medicalabortionconsortium.org

6
Supporting the development of regional networks
  • Latin-American network CLACAI (Latino American
    Consortium Against Unsafe Abortion), 2006
  • Asia Safe Abortion Partnership ASAP, launched in
    March 2008
  • East European Region Network East European
    Alliance for Reproductive Choice, June, 2008
  • Goal To protect womens reproductive health by
    ensuring their reproductive rights and
    reproductive choice, including the access to safe
    abortion
  •  

7
African network on safe abortion (?)
  • Potential participants have been selected and
    contacted
  • Caucus at AWID Forum Forming an African network
    to Promote Medical Abortion in the Context of
    Safe abortion (Sunday 16th November, lunch time,
    Room 1.63/4)
  • Regional meeting, early 2009 (?)

8
Potential common goals of regional networks
  • The establishment of local sources of accurate
    information for the region.
  • Development of region-specific strategies for
    promoting medical abortion within the context of
    safe abortion
  • Appropriate advocacy strategies to integrate
    medical abortion services and policy in countries
  • Highlighting regional specificities that will
    make the networks relevant.
  • Others

9
ICMA
  • While the regional networks will be autonomous,
    they will be invited to affiliate to ICMA and to
    support the overall objective of the ICMA.
  • Advocate for access to safe abortion including
    medical abortion
  • www.medicalabortionconsortium.org
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