This toolkit is designed to provide information and guidance on delivering and ensuring access to appropriate induced abortion care for young women (ages 10-24). It provides experienced trainers with the background information, materials, instructions and tips necessary to effectively facilitate training sessions.
Since existing research demonstrates few differences in the clinical needs of young women compared to adults, the toolkit contains more on advocacy, partnerships and service delivery than clinical issues.
It is a global resource for health care providers, trainers, administrators and technical advisors of abortion care programs, but some materials also can be used to engage young people, policymakers, community groups, donors, advocates and other stakeholders.
The focus of this toolkit is on induced abortion care for young women for all applicable legal indications. All but a few countries have one or more legal indications for abortion, although some laws are very restrictive. The intention is for health systems and providers to deliver abortion care to the full extent of the law and to ensure that all eligible women, including young women, are able to access the services to which they are rightfully entitled.
While the primary audiences for this toolkit are health-care providers, trainers, administrators, program managers, health system officials and technical advisors of abortion care programs and services, some materials can also be used to engage a variety of stakeholders, including community groups, young people, policymakers, advocates and donors. Because this was developed as a global toolkit, content and activities were not tailored to any specific country or context.