About INPAC

INPAC (INtegrating Post-Abortion family planning services into existing abortion services in hospital settings in China) is a collaborative research project under the European Commission (EC) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), with a budget of approximately 3 million Euro. The project has started on August 1, 2012 and will run for 4 years.

The project aims to integrate post-abortion family planning  (FP) services into existing abortion services in hospital settings in China and to evaluate the effect of the interventions in terms of reduction of unintended pregnancies and repeat abortions.  Based on the project findings, policy recommendations on health system organization aiming to improve equitable access to reproductive healthcare and FP service will be developed.

Project specific interventions will be developed based on a situation analysis of the effects  of the current FP policy and a feasibility assessment of the integration approach. The proposed interventions will be implemented in 30 divisions of mainland China and will be evaluated with regard to its effectiveness. The project will contribute to standardize the post-abortion family planning services and decrease the long-term costs related to abortion in China. The results of this research will also be of interest to other countries with high abortion rates.

The International Centre of Reproductive Health - Ghent University (UG-ICRH), Belgium will coordinate this project, working together with 4 Chinese partners and 2 European partners: Chinese Society for Family Planning - Chinese Medical Association (CSFP-CMA), Fudan University (FU), National Research Institute for Family Planning (NRIFP), West China Second University Hospital of Sichuan University (WCSUH), University of Aarhus - Danish Epidemiology Science Centre (AU-DESC) and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM).