Women should have the right to choose about their own lives and bodies, including whether or not to have a child, and receive the necessary support to realise these choices safely. It is crucial for every person – regardless of their age or marital status – to get information about sexuality and have access to contraception and safe abortion.
Ambitious targets and impressive results
By the end of 2021, we aim to have prevented 160,000 unintended pregnancies and 2.6 million unsafe abortions worldwide, saving 8,000 women’s lives.
The programme has achieved impactful results. By the end of 2021, the programme has prevented almost 180,000 unintended pregnancies in Ethiopia, Kenya and Francophone West and Central Africa, while also preventing more than 4.6 million unsafe abortions and averting almost 13,000 maternal deaths worldwide.
Safe abortion methods
She Makes Her Safe Choice has made safe abortion methods – medical abortion pills and Ipas manual vacuum aspirators – widely available and affordable. We have also distributed contraceptives, giving women and girls quality options to prevent unintended pregnancies.
Through our partner DKT WomanCare Global’s platform, manual vacuum aspirators were distributed to more than 80 countries by the end of 2021. The platform also provided information and training to distributors on the correct use of manual vacuum aspirators as a safe abortion method, and on improving the quality of care.
She Makes Her Safe Choice has created awareness among communities and individuals. It has provided information on prevention and safe termination of unintended pregnancies. We have referred people to quality products and services through behaviour change campaigns and mHealth (health services supported by mobile devices).
We have also advocated for a more conducive legal and political environment for safe abortion. For example, through the approval and implementation of national standards and guidelines.
The programme has inspired other countries to adopt these approaches, so more women and young people are aware of their options and safe abortion becomes increasingly available.
The Dutch Postcode Lottery has funded the programme, showing courage and leadership in supporting a sensitive issue few donors dare to invest in.