Medicinal Plants with Abortifacient Activity from Ayurvedic Medicine

   RoshniAgriBiotech                       India

Traditional medicinal plants and herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine have been used for many gynaecological disorders for thousands of years, but scientific evidence on their pharmacological properties is lacking. The ultimate objective of this project is to develop a pill from medicinal plants that are scientifically validated using modern biological approaches and cost effective for marginalized rural women. During the project period, the team will do a review of the literature to identify medicinal plants used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine with potential to induce abortions. The use of these plants as abortifacients will be further assessed by interviewing folk medicine practitioners, and a shortlist of the five most promising candidates will be investigated for their biological, pharmacological and chemical properties. Standardized extracts of these plants will be taken to generate chemical phenotypes and carry out detailed chemical fingerprinting using various chromatography techniques. Plants showing potential abortifacient properties will be further tested in laboratory animals.



Menstrual Regulation and Post Abortion Care on Outreach

  Marie Stopes International                   Bangladesh

Despite the availability of Menstrual Regulation (MR) services in Bangladesh, the lack of awareness about the legality and accessibility of MR services leads many women to resort to clandestine abortions. Marie Stopes will test efforts to provide MR services and post-abortion care through outreach programs in three districts of the Sylhet regions (Sunamganj, Moulvibazar, and Hobiganj) across 36 Family Welfare Centers, with three paramedics roving between the centers. Government-employed Family Welfare Assistants will participate in values clarification training as well as training on how to provide information about outreach services in their communities and will refer clients to the relevant Family Welfare Center. Government-employed providers, Family Welfare Visitors, will also be provided training on medical emergency management. The Marie Stopes paramedics will follow up with patients by phone 24 hours and seven days after the service, and request patients to come to the Family Welfare Center to receive in-person follow-up care 14 days after their procedure. Paramedics will also provide post-abortion family planning and cervical cancer screening to clients to ensure a comprehensive care package.