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Uterine Evacuation in Crisis Settings Using Manual Vacuum Aspiration


The Uterine Evacuation in Crisis Settings Using Manual Vacuum Aspiration outreach refresher training is designed for clinical trainers leading a refresher course for clinicians already familiar with intrauterine procedures, including manual vacuum aspiration (MVA). This includes midwives, nurses, general practice physicians, obstetricians/gynecologists, and others who will provide first-trimester uterine evacuation in crisis settings. Participating health care workers will learn the knowledge and skills to provide first-trimester uterine evacuation using Ipas MVA Plus® and EasyGrip Cannulae®.

This course focuses on the use of MVA, rather than comprehensive abortion or postabortion care. It does not cover uterine evacuation with medications unless delivered as a combined course with the Uterine Evacuations in Crisis Settings Using Medication module for training in both technologies. For broader training materials on comprehensive abortion care and comprehensive postabortion care, refer to the Ipas Woman-Centered, Comprehensive Abortion Care Facilitator’s Manual (2nd ed.) and other Ipas curricula, available on the Ipas website.

Additionally, the training includes discussions and activities that promote the sustainability of services and address ongoing training needs where there is high staff turnover. The course is designed for in-person training workshops in crisis settings with limited resources. The training can take place onsite or offsite in a nearby referral facility.

Course Materials


Course components include:

  1. Presentation slides
  2. Case studies
  3. Interactive activities
  4. Pre- and post-tests
  5. Skills checklists and other job-aids

Options to Download Course Materials

You can access the materials for planning and managing the Uterine Evacuation in Crisis Settings Using Manual Vacuum Aspiration clinical outreach refresher training using the following links:

Course Units

The training is divided into eight units.

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