Overall objective of the research

To evaluate the effect of introducing integrated post-abortion family planning services in existing hospital based abortion services in China in order to reduce unwanted pregnancies and repeated abortions. Additionally the research findings will be used to develop policy recommendations on sustainable development and on health system organization to enhance equitable access to reproductive healthcare.

Specific scientific and technical objectives

  1. To assess the needs and feasibility of integrating PAFP into existing abortion services in hospitals through the review of FP policy and FP current practice in China as well as the good examples of the strategies to delivery PAFP in developed and developing countries.
  2. To assess practicability of integrating PAFP into existing abortion services in participating hospitals through a health system study involving stakeholders: policy makers, health managers, abortion service providers and women who have undergone abortion.
  3. To develop detailed intervention strategies for improving access to and quality of FP services after induced abortion.
  4. To implement and monitor intervention processes, their impact on hospitals and problems occurred during the implementation
  5. To evaluate the effectiveness of integrated PAFP in terms of reduction of unwanted pregnancies and repeated abortions and to identify health system determinants for effectiveness through comparison across the intervention groups.
  6. To bridge the gap between research and policy through involving policy and decision makers at different levels of governments.
  7. To draw conclusions regarding the feasibility, effectiveness and sustainability of the interventions and to disseminate the results nationally and internationally.