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Principal Investigators: Ruvani Jayaweera, Ibis Reproductive Health and Tamara Fetters, Ipas


This study aims to document the abortion experiences of displaced women and girls with a focus on self-managed abortion and information access.  The research will examine differences in abortion experience based on displacement, humanitarian setting, and legal context. It will also estimate the abortion incidence, rate, and ratio using respondent-driven sampling (RDS) and an innovative adaptation of the abortion incidence complications methodology. Findings will lead to the development of community-informed strategies to improve access to information and use of abortion medication in humanitarian settings.

Ruvani Jayaweera

Co-Principal Investigator

Equitable access to safe abortion is a fundamental component of ensuring reproductive autonomy. This research seeks to center the experiences and needs of women in the design and conduct of the study on this neglected area of research, as well as in the interpretation and framing of the results.

Expected Outcomes

Results from the proposed research will shed light on abortion practices in humanitarian settings, including estimates of abortion incidence. Findings are expected to provide critical evidence to inform the type and magnitude of resources that are needed, identify necessary service delivery improvements, and inform recommendations on how best to support women who self–manage abortions in humanitarian settings. This data will serve as advocacy tools to encourage governments, UN agencies, and donors to prioritize safe abortion care in humanitarian programs and policies and humanitarian populations in reproductive health programs and policies. Ultimately, findings from our research can aid in the development of effective interventions to improve access to self-managed abortion in humanitarian settings.

Related Resources

Peer Reviewed Sexual and Reproductive Health

The Potential of Self-Managed Abortion to Expand Abortion Access in Humanitarian Contexts

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