Safe Abortion

Abortion is one of the leading causes of maternal death all over the world. Abortion is also a highly contested issue in many places. India is one country where abortion laws are very liberal. Yet a large number of abortions in India continue to be conducted illegally, using dangerous methods, leading to over 100,000 deaths every year.

UPVHA is addressing this issue through Amplify Change Project, funded by Ipas Development Foundation, to strengthen SRHR (Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights) movement, especially access to safe abortion by creating a network of CSOs “Sanjha Prayas” in 10 districts of Uttar Pradesh. The districts are: Lucknow, Kanpur Nagar, Sitapur, Hardoi, Barabanki, Basti, Meerut, Unnao, Shrawasti and Shahjahanpur.

The activities include:

Building an enabling environment for strengthening SRHR, including access to safe abortion and contraception services at the district and state levels
Bringing SRHR, including safe abortion, on the agenda of district and state-level officials using local evidence from community-based research, planning and implementing district and state level sensitisation activities
Sensitisation of local media and improve engagement on SRHR issues, including safe abortion and contraception
Improve access to SRHR resources, information and services at the district and state levels