Ipas embraces findings from first external evaluation of its global program

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Between January and June 2015, the UK-based firm Ann Bartholomew Consulting Ltd. conducted the first-ever comprehensive external evaluation of Ipas, on behalf of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The evaluation affirmed Ipas’s unique niche and value in the global reproductive health field and suggested ways for the organization to increase its impact. ...

Ipas uses photography to engage Nigerian refugees on their reproductive health needs

Monday, November 23, 2015

Women who are refugees and/or internally displaced persons (IDPs) have acute sexual and reproductive health needs and deserve to lead the discussion about what those needs are and how to fulfill them.  An innovative Ipas project in Nigeria earlier this year engaged young women—displaced by Boko Haram and living in refugee camps—on this issue. Photography and interactive discussions empowered ...

An important service--Second-trimester abortion

Monday, November 16, 2015

Dr. Meera Thapa Upadhyay is a practicing ob/gyn at Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. In early October, she sat down with Ipas to talk about her experience providing abortion care—particularly second-trimester abortion. Ipas began training providers in second-trimester abortion in 2007, recognizing that women were being denied such services due to lack of ...

Commission on Human Rights reprimands Nicaragua for continued abortion ban

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Years of advocacy by Ipas and partners in Central America paid off last month when leaders of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued a strongly worded reprimand to the Nicaraguan government for its continued violation of women’s sexual and reproductive rights. During a hearing on Oct. 20 focused on Nicaraguan women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive ...

Abortion is common in Nigeria despite restrictive law

Thursday, November 5, 2015

On November 4, Ipas Nigeria hosted a launch event to share the findings of a national abortion incidence study conducted by the University of Ibadan and the Guttmacher Institute. More than 100 participants from state governments, civil society and provider groups—as well as local, regional and international media outlets—attended the half-day event. “Disseminating the findings ...

Senate Action on Helms

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Twenty-eight U.S. senators urge President Obama to take action to correct the overly restrictive implementation of the Helms Amendment and allow for funding for abortion in certain cases, including women who are raped in conflict situations. “We cannot be bystanders to such gross violations of the human dignity of these women and girls,” the senators wrote.