Expanding health worker roles to help improve access to safe abortion and post-abortion care: WHO launches new guideline

July 2015 -- WHO’s new guideline, "Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception", aims to help break down 1 critical barrier which limits access to safe abortion care – the lack of trained providers. Around 22 million unsafe abortions are estimated to take place worldwide each year, almost all in low- and middle-income countries. Even though safe, simple, effective primary health-care level interventions exist, many women still do not have access to them, placing their lives unnecessarily at risk.

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