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Date: October 14th 2018

09:00 – 15:00 including a lunch break

Room 201A and 201B – Raymond Keller

Language: English, with Spanish speaking faculty available to assist during hands-on sessions

Organisers: National Abortion Federation (in collaboration with Gynuity Health Projects, Fundación Oriéntame, British Pregnancy Advisory Service, Ipas, DKT, Marie Stopes Mexico, British Pregnancy Advisory Service and Global Doctors for Choice)


This pre-congress workshop will train participants in 1st and 2nd trimester uterine evacuation techniques for induced abortion, pregnancy loss, and fetal demise using a combination of didactic and hands-on training and simulation. The workshop will include sessions on 1st and 2nd trimester medical abortion, 1st trimester manual vacuum aspiration, 2nd trimester dilation and evacuation, pain management, and management of abortion emergencies. Hands-on and simulation training will be offered for manual vacuum aspiration, dilation and evacuation, pain management, and abortion emergencies.

Given the changing climate related to abortion throughout Central and South America, the FIGO Congress in Rio de Janeiro is an opportunity to introduce new providers to current abortion technology and expand the offerings of experienced providers.

Programme: (1 hour each)

  • Uterine aspiration with manual vacuum aspirators in first trimester
  • Early medical abortion
  • Later medical abortion
  • Second-trimester dilation & evacuation
  • Pain management
  • Managing complications (with drills)

Principal Faculty:

  • Matthew Reeves, MD, MPH, National Abortion Federation
  • Patricia Lohr, MD, MPH, British Pregnancy Advisory Service
  • Beverly Winikoff, MD, MPH, Gynuity Health Projects
  • Nathalie Kapp, MD, MPH, Ipas
  • Laura Gil, MD, Fundación Oriéntame and Fundación ESAR
  • Alfonso Carrera, MD, Marie Stopes México
  • Paul Blumenthal, MD, MPH, Stanford University
  • Sarah Prager, MD, MPH, University of Washington
  • Alice Mark, MD, MPH, National Abortion Federation