The Latin-American Center for Perinatology, Women and Reproductive Health (CLAP/WR), along with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, held a meeting last April at Panama City in order to review and update the abortion form of the Perinatal Information System (SIP). CLAP/WR Director Dr. Suzanne Jacob Serruya, Dr. Rodolfo Gómez Ponce de León, Regional Adviser on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Engineer Luis Mainero represented CLAP/WR.

The SIP Abortion section was developed to register relevant data for monitoring and evaluating the quality of care provided to women in abortion situations, both in post abortion and legal abortion care. Variables were widely tested and carefully selected following the monitoring criteria of CLAP/WR, IPAS and other agencies. The cooperation lines that were set in the meeting were agreed between FIGO’s Coordinator of the Work Group on the Prevention of Unsafe Abortion, Dr. Aníbal Faúndes and the CLAP/WR technical team.

A group of experts from the region with vast experience using the System in their countries were brought together with the objective of:

  • Validating the set of variables included in the Abortion Clinical Record;
  • defining a  set of “minimum common variables”  for a regional registry system to be used in the CLAP Network of Latin-American and Caribbean Centers for  Surveillance and Research on Women’s, Maternal and Neonatal Health, recently launched in Brasilia, that  links more than 25 centers of the Region;
  • defining SIP Abortion Automatic Reports.

Before this meeting, each expert carefully examined SIP´s module on the care of women in abortion situation, and its variables and automatic reports, taking into account each country’s specific needs and how they adjust with one another. SIP A’s strengths and weaknesses were analyzed, as well as those of the implementation strategies used, based on the individual and collective experience, recording the lessons learned.

At the end of the meeting a work plan was made, to be implementing in the next 6 months adjusting to the actual needs of the region and each country, feeding a web-based system that will use apps for tablets and smartphones, maintaining the classic system of clinical history on paper with a regular computer feed.

An executive committee was made with the agencies who lead the process along with CLAP/WR, FLASOG and FIGO.

This way activity of the network relating to the assistance of women in abortion situation began with great enthusiasm and commitment from the participants.