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EEARC ToT Training “Safe Abortion Concept”

Eastern-European Alliance for Reproductive Choice (EEARC)  ToT Training  “Safe Abortion Concept” has taken place on November, 23-26 in Kiev, Ukraine.

The idea of creation and realization of this course is a conceptual one in the activity of EEARC. The members of the Alliance believe that dissemination of knowledge, networking of persons holding the same views and advocating are crucial components of common approach to enhancement of women’s rights on reproductive choice in the area of reproductive health.

Preparing the course authors strived to create uniform approach to provision of quality care in connection with abortion, that includes effective counseling, training of personnel on the technique of continuous quality improvement and system of comprehensive care of unwanted pregnancy. The main  goal of the proposed activities is preservation of women reproductive health by reducing of early and late complications and repeated abortions.

The curriculum and materials of the training have been developed by the scientific group of Faculty of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Russian Peoples’ Friendship University (Chair  - the Hon. Scientist of Russian Federation, Prof. V.E.Radzinsky). At course preparation materials of such international organizations and NGOs as WHO, IPAS, ICMA, Gynuity Health Project, etc., having wide experience in preparation and realization of educational programs on reproductive health and family planning issues have been used.

The training program consisted of 4 modules:

  • Training methodology;
  • The Concept of Safe Abortion: a comprehensive approach;
  • Modern techniques of early-term abortion: MVA and medical abortion;
  • Specificity of counseling and Family Planning  services  after abortion.

All participants received a Package of training materials allowing them not only actively participate in the training, but also use them for conducting Safe abortion training programs in own countries. Participants got CD with all presentations and additional material covering basically all issues included in the Training Program.

24 representatives from  Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, Uzbekistan and Ukraine participated in the training. They represented leading Universities and medical institutions  of their countries.  The trainers of the course were Prof. Irina Savelyeva, Prof.Galina Dikke and ICMA Co-ordinator As. Prof. Rodica Comendant.

One of the important points of the training was not only opportunity to get new   information regarding medical abortion and other techniques, but also to exchange knowledge, experience and skills on carrying out of similar educational activities. Very important was exchange of information on current legislation, good practices of care provision and other practical issues in participant countries. Development of the implementation strategies of similar programs on the country level became the logical end of the training.

The training took place in a comfortable and hospitable environment, in the centre of beautiful Kiev. The EEARC Coordination Office and Coordinator Dr. Galina Maystruk has used best efforts to make our stay not only useful because of training, but also informative on the cultural and historical values of Ukraine.

We hope that the performed training will serve as ground for continuation of EEARC activity  in this direction. EEARC is ready to provide technical support to all interested individuals and organizations.