- Leading Safe Choices is a three year programme which aims to improve the competence of healthcare professionals in South Africa and Tanzania to deliver high quality postpartum family planning (PPFP) in both countries, as well as comprehensive abortion care (CAC) in South Africa and comprehensive post-abortion care (CPAC) in Tanzania.
- Approximately 225 million women in the world have no access to family planning and therefore little control over whether and when they become pregnant. Providing these women with the choice to use effective contraception and to space their babies by 18-24 months, would prevent 54 million unintended pregnancies, 79,000 maternal deaths and 1.1 million infant deaths.
On top of this, around 22 million unsafe abortions take place each year, resulting in the death of nearly 50,000 women. Another 5 million women suffer injury as a result of complications due to unsafe abortion, often leading to chronic disability. Safe abortion should be and can be available and accessible for all women to the full extent that the law allows.
News and updates from the LSC Team...
- Leading Safe Choices joined over 10,000 delegates in Ahmedabad, India for the 60th All Indian Congress on Obstetrics and Gynaecology. RCOG Vice President for Global Health, Hani Fawzi presented an introduction to the programme, while the team hosted a stand promoting the best practice papers.
Mid Term Review
- The UK Programme team travelled to Dar es Salaam and Cape Town to conduct the mid term review of LSC with both country teams. At each workshop the group reviewed progress to date and looked at strengths and weaknesses in terms of programme management functions. Both country teams came up with an action plan and a list of conclusions to aid programme strengthening and sustainability of LSC beyond 2017.
- Leading Safe Choices joined over 600 medical professionals and womens health/rights advocates in Lisbon for the International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception Associates FIAPAC conference.
- The LSC plenary session, chaired by Professor Anna Glasier and Professor Alison Fiander, offered an opportunity to present lessons learnt. It was also a chance for Dr Pendo Mlay, Tanzania Programme Lead, and Dr Judy Kluge, South Africa Clinical Lead, to discuss the programmes progress. The LSC stand proved popular with interactive demonstrations on how to insert a PPIUD and manual vacuum aspiration.