Bill Powell


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    Even as the climate for sexual and reproductive health funding and research has become more tolerant, abortion in humanitarian settings remains under-studied. Systematic reviews have documented significant limitations of funding for abortion-related research as well as evidence gaps on both the need for and provision of safe abortion in humanitarian settings. Additionally, many implementing and research institutions lack the networks, skills and/or time to conduct challenging research in this complex environment. Evidence is needed to generate and sustain interest, document the scope of the problem, and ultimately to help promote an agenda for bridging this gap and turning research into action to meet women’s abortion care needs. This presentation will discuss the evidence gaps, types of needed research, promising partnerships, funding, and describe examples of on-going research and documentation.