Global Resources

Postabortion Care in Pakistan

Publisher: Alan Guttmacher Institute
Publication Date: Jan 2013

Recent statistics show that there is a high demand for postabortion care (PAC) in Pakistan. Most of PAC cases are treated by private-sector providers. Many facilities are not able to provide high standard treatments as they lack adequate equipment and trained staff. This In Brief, highlights findings from a study on the conditions under which women obtain abortion in Pakistan, the incidence, coverage and quality of facility-based PAC and the extent to which recommended standards for PAC have been implemented in health facilities.

Recommendations include the need for upscaling the quality of PAC by adopting recommended methods of the World Health Organization, building a national consensus on providing training to midlevel providers by organising national and provincial workshops and seminars, and introducing PAC as preservice training for providers at all levels. Furthermore, facilities need to provide contraceptive services available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.