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Ndola Prata MD, MSc – Professor, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Fred H. Bixby, Jr. – Endowed Chair and Faculty Director, Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability & Co-Director, University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI)
Telemedicine provides a unique opportunity to increase access to abortion care in Rwanda by task-shifting the provision of medication abortion while still complying with law that states only medical doctors can authorize abortion services. In this project, nurses/midwives in public health centers in Musanze District are providing first trimester medication abortion services by using telemedicine to connect with district hospital doctors for authorization. This presentation will discuss how we are implementing a high tech project design in a low technology setting; providing critical evidence for policy makers and program planners in Rwanda on the safety, feasibility and acceptability of medication abortion provision in health centers using telemedicine.