H 1 Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception.
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The possibility of improving access to safe abortion or post-abortion care, or both, by expanding health worker roles exists in most contexts. The range of safe and effective options recommended here can facilitate evidence-based decision-making and adaptation to the context of local health workforce dynamics, resources and public health needs.
The range of types of health workers considered for the various tasks was broad-based and included specialist doctors (obstetrics and gynaecology), doctors not specialized in obstetrics and gynaecology, associate clinicians, midwives, nurses, auxiliary nurses (ANs) and auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs), doctors of complementary systems of medicine (a significant portion of the workforce in some regions), pharmacists, pharmacy workers and lay health workers. Explanation of the categorization with illustrative examples can be found in Table 2.