June 22, 2021

Postabortion care availability, facility readiness and accessibility in Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire

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Postabortion care (PAC) is an essential component of emergency obstetric care (EmOC) and is necessary to prevent unsafe abortion-related maternal mortality, but we know little regarding the preparedness of facilities to provide PAC services, the distribution of these services and disparities in their accessibility in low-resource settings. To address this knowledge gap, this study aims to describe PAC service availability, evaluate PAC readiness and measure inequities in access to PAC services in seven states of Nigeria and nationally in Côte d’Ivoire. We used survey data from reproductive-age women and the health facilities that serve the areas where they live. We linked facility readiness information, including PAC-specific signal functions, to female data using geospatial information.