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Cross-cultural post-abortion care on the Thai-Burma border: Testing improved care in hospital



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18 October 2010

Chief Investigators
Dr Suzanne Belton, Menzies School of Health Research, Australia
Dr Bhensri Naemiratch, Victoria University, Australia
Dr Lek Nopdonrattakoon, Mae Sot Hospital, Thailand
Dr Cynthia Maung, Mae Tao Clinic, Thailand

This presentation was given in June 2010 in Washington DC at the Women Deliver conference.

Post-abortion care was improved for Burmese women who were admitted to a Mae Sot General Hospital by a series of interventions that were tested.  Manual Vacuum Asperation use was increased, and women received information, counselling and referral in culturally appropriate ways during their admission.  In addition, women increased their knowledge of modern methods of contraception, and medical staff felt confident to prescribe and supply a variety of methods for women on discharge from hospital. Quantative and qualitative research methods were used. This operations research study with medical anthropologists from Victoria University and Charles Darwin Universities (Australia) designed, analysed and reported on the outcomes in collaboration with Burmese refugees and Thai public health staff.