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Institutionalizing Manual Vacuum Aspiration Abortion in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union

Between 2001 and 2004, NAF with funding from the Open Society Institute (OSI) conducted a series of trainings in manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) to improve the quality of abortion care women receive in selected countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Trainings were conducted in Moldova, Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Albania, and Russia.

The trainings successfully accomplished the goal of introducing MVA and presenting a model of evidence-based care with a woman-centered approach.

Read NAF's report (PDF file, 990K)

'Every woman seeking abortion care must be provided with the highest possible quality of care. Achieving this requires a systematic approach to quality assurance at all levels of care.' World Health Organization

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