Safe Abortion Policy and Programming in Low-and Middle-Income Settings

Safe Abortion Policy and Programming in Low-and Middle-Income Settings

Course overview

Approximately 73 million induced abortions occur worldwide each year. 29% of all pregnancies are estimated to end in induced abortion, and nearly half of them are unsafe. A significant proportion of abortions take place in low- and middle-income countries. 

This course will be co-developed and co-delivered by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and University of Ghana School of Public Health (UGSPH). Please note it will run only in 2022. The new online MSc in Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy and Programming will have a full module on safe abortion policy and programming. 

    Who is the course for? 

    This course will be of value to healthcare professionals and practitioners in sexual and reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa and other low- and middle-income countries, including policy advisors, service providers, implementation sciences researchers, programme managers and technical advisors looking to further their knowledge specific to safe abortion policy and programming. 

    Teaching methods

    This is a two-week part-time short course which consists of 25 hours of learning each week. This includes up to 5 hours of synchronous (live) sessions and twenty hours of asynchronous (independent) activities. Teaching methods may include pre-recorded lectures, group discussions, seminars, student presentations, and interactive computer sessions. You are expected to have access to a computer or device with a reliable internet connection.

    Course content

    The course is expected to introduce the following topics: 

    • Historical, socio-political, legal and cultural contexts of abortion
    • Global and regional policies on safe abortion care, including in settings where abortion is restricted
    • Programming for evidence-based comprehensive abortion care 
    • Roles of key stakeholders in influencing how policies and programmes for safe abortion care are developed and implemented

    Aims & objectives

    This short course aims to introduce the knowledge and tools necessary to strengthen health sector policies and programmes for safe abortion care in low- and middle-income settings.

    The course intended learning outcomes are:

    • Discuss how abortion care policies impact access to safe abortion care
    • Critically appraise programmatic strategies for safe abortion care
    • Identify and explain the roles of key stakeholders and decision-makers involved in abortion policy and programming


    There will be no formal examination or assessment. A Certificate of Attendance will be issued.

    Entry requirements

    There are no formal prerequisites for this course, however participants should have a good command of English and some relevant work experience, for example in the health care sector and/or in the field of sexual and reproductive health.