Papaya workshops demonstrate the simplicity, safety, and speed of manual vacuum aspiration for early abortion and miscarriage management, using fruit as uterine models.
To support procedural abortion training, particularly during a time of increased state restrictions and the COVID pandemic, RHEDI developed a model for virtual papaya workshops. These workshops can be held over Zoom, GoToMeeting, or other videoconferencing applications, and offer participants a hands-on experience with procedural abortion care, using papayas, tomatoes, dragonfruit, or other fruit as uterine models.
Host meeting for registered participants via video-conferencing application; introduce with explanation of how papaya workshops can model and destigmatize abortion care, as well as demonstrate its simplicity and safety.
Ask participants to share background with abortion care and sexual/reproductive health care.
Present video or live role-play.
Move participants to smaller breakout rooms with facilitators.
Facilitators demonstrate MVA procedure with their own papayas, then guide participants through each step.
Facilitators answer questions from their break-out groups.