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15 years Women on Waves/Web: from safe abortion hotlines to telemedical service (What will be the future for South East Asia?)

15 years Women on Waves/Web: from safe abortion hotlines to telemedical service (What will be the future for South East Asia?)

Research has shown that the administration of misoprostol by women themselves in settings with restrictive abortion laws or significant access barriers has led to decreased morbidity and maternal mortality. Telephone hotlines can enhance access to safer abortion care and help reduce complication rates by providing information on performing medical abortions with the proper use of misoprostol. With the support of Women on Waves, women’s rights groups started Safe Abortion Hotlines in more than 13 countries all over the world. In South East Asia in particular they have been set up in Indonesia, Thailand, Pakistan, Bangladesh, recently in the Philippines and probably soon in Sri Lanka.

To be able to help women in countries where misoprostol is not easily available, Women on Web (www.womenonweb.org) was initiated to make medical abortion with Mifepristone and Misoprostol, if available. The Women on Web website went online in April 2006 and is now available in 14 languages. After a medical consultation reviewed by a doctor, the medication will be sent to the individual’s home address. The presentation will focus on what are the challenges for the South East Asia.