Opportunities and early access to abortion services in Profamilia, Colombia

  Asociación Pro-bienestar de la Familia Colombiana (Profamilia)                       Colombia

Women in Colombia, especially in areas affected by armed and drug trafficking conflict face significant barriers accessing safe abortion services. This innovation will use the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) social franchise toolkit to improve access to safe abortion care in conflict-affected Colombia, specifically Mitú and Inirida. This will include: (i) developing a quality-assured network of health care providers trained in medical abortion and manual vacuum aspiration, stigma reduction, and legal training; (ii) dissemination of information on safe abortion services amongst people in these communities; and (iii) community empowerment education activities.



At the Reach of Women

  Fundación Oriéntame                      Colombia

A telemedicine service, will be implemented and tested for women and girls in remote, rural areas to have access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services including safe and legal medical abortion up to 10 weeks of gestation. This will be facilitated by a registered nurse based in a countryside area of Colombia under the remote assistance of a physician from the Oriéntame Clinic. The nurse will use an information and communications technology platform to communicate with the physician, therefore meeting the local requirement that abortion medication be prescribed by a physician and overcoming the barrier of care being centralized in urban centres. In addition to medical abortion, the team will provide contraceptive counselling and screening for sexually transmitted infections.