WHAT IS THE ASQ INITIATIVE?

The Abortion Service Quality (ASQ) Initiative is a group of organizations collaborating to develop the first ever global standard for measuring the quality of abortion services in low- and middle-income countries, both in and out of health care facilities.

Criteria that will be examined in developing the global standard will include safety, accessibility, and a positive, non-stigmatized client experience, among others.

Our goal is to facilitate widespread adoption and use of a standard client-centered metric of abortion quality of care that is actionable, simple, and valid. The primary audience for the metric includes institutions, programs, or groups that provide abortions, with a secondary audience of government leaders, policymakers, and advocacy groups.

The effort is led by the project partners Metrics for Management, Ibis Reproductive Health, and Ipas in collaboration with members of the Resource Group, or other organizations identified as key to supporting this work.