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Women's Studies, Public Health, Human Rights, abortion, health care


Unsafe abortion is a major public health and human rights problem in
Argentina. Implementation of a woman-centered post-abortion care
(PAC) model is one strategy to improve the situation. The quality of PAC
services was measured in three public hospitals in Tucumin, a province
with high levels of poverty and maternal mortality due to unsafe abortion.
Overall, the quality of PAC services was found to be poor. Women
do not receive services in a manner that respects their human rights, in
particular their rights to health and health care, information, and to the
benefits of scientific progress. Findings from the evaluation are being
used to develop collaborative NGO/hospital/policy-maker efforts to improve
PAC services through better training of health care providers.

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