Women’s access to family planning and safe abortion care services is a real and current global health problem. 225 million women who want to delay or prevent pregnancy have no access to family planning globally and there are 22 million unsafe abortions each year. The majority of these women live in under-resourced countries and more rural settings, and only 25% of women in Sub Saharan Africa have access to modern contraceptive methods.
Medical Aid Films has worked with The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists to create a suite of counselling films to support Leading Safe Choices, a programme designed to improve the health of women and their children and decrease maternal mortality. The programme promotes best practice in postpartum and post abortion family planning and abortion and post abortion care services, by training and accrediting health care providers to be able to offer and counsel women on a greater range of family planning methods and provide high-quality abortion and post-abortion care services. It draws focus to long-lasting reversible methods such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants. Click below to watch the films.
The Counselling for Post-Partum Family Planning film is also available in Swahili here
To watch the introductory film, featuring key figures implementing and supporting this initiative to transform access to safe, effective family planning and abortion care click here and to view the Leading Safe Choices best practice papers click here. If you use these films, please take five minutes to complete this short survey, and films like these are dependent on your donations so please do support our work.