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Integrating Post-Abortion Family Planning Services into China's existing abortion service in hospital settings

Objective

In 2008 an estimated 13 million induced abortions were conducted in China. Induced abortions are associated with a high risk of injury or long-term physical and psychological morbidity and a heavy social and economic burden. Most abortions occur in cities and the epidemic affects young and unmarried women as well as rural-to-urban migrant women.

The large number of abortions is primarily due to contraceptive failure or no use of contraception. The Chinese Family Planning (FP) program focuses mainly on birth control among married couples and the services are provided by an independent FP system. Young and unmarried women including rural-to-urban migrant women are less likely to access professional FP services. Abortion is a commonly used way to end unwanted pregnancy, however, post-abortion family planning services are often lacking in hospital settings.

The INPAC project consortium proposes to integrate post-abortion family planning services into existing abortion services in hospital settings in China and to evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions in terms of reduction of unwanted pregnancies and repeat abortions. Based on the project findings, policy recommendations on health system organization aiming to improve equitable access to reproductive healthcare and FP service will be developed.

Context-specific interventions will be developed based on a situation analysis of the effects of the current FP policy and a feasibility assessment of the integration approach. The proposed interventions will be implemented in 30 divisions of mainland China and evaluated with regard to its effectiveness. The project will contribute to standardize the post-abortion family planning services and decrease the long-term costs related to abortion in China. The results of this research will also be of interest to other countries with high abortion rates.

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2011-single-stage
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UNIVERSITEIT GENT
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Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Belgium
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 950 629,20
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Katherine Muylaert (Ms.)

Participants (6)

CHINESE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
China
EU contribution
€ 489 204
Address
West Street Dongsi Xidajie 42
100710 Beijing
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Linan Cheng (Prof.)
FUDAN UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 139 341
Address
Handan Road 220
200433 Shanghai
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Xu Qian (Prof.)
NATIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR FAMILY PLANNING
China
EU contribution
€ 531 690
Address
Da Hui Si 12 Hai Dian District
100081 Beijing
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Wu Shangchun (Prof.)
SICHUAN UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 229 516
Address
Yihuan Road, South 1St Section, 1St Ring Road 24
610065 Chengdu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lina Hu (Prof.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 285 956
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dorthe Hejl Boye (Ms.)
LIVERPOOL SCHOOL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 302 047,80
Address
Pembroke Place
L35QA Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sian Roberts (Ms.)