Advancing health through rights: A new agenda for sexual and reproductive health and rights

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Accelerate Progress, a report published today in The Lancet, outlines a bold agenda to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Accelerate Progress emphasizes the need for national governments, international organizations, donors, civil society groups and key stakeholders to adopt a holistic approach to reproductive health services. This approach encompasses the ...

Dr. Anu Kumar is the new President and CEO of Ipas

Friday, May 4, 2018

The Ipas Board of Directors today named Anu Kumar as President and CEO of Ipas, effective immediately. Kumar, an anthropologist and public health expert, joined Ipas in 2002 and has served as Interim President and CEO for the past six months. “We are thrilled Dr. Kumar has accepted this new and challenging role. There is no one better qualified to lead Ipas’s continued work for ...

Major United Nations meetings must advance sexual and reproductive health and rights

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Both the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) meetings are important spaces where countries and advocates work to advance international human rights agreements, including those focused on sexual and reproductive rights. This year, these spaces were more contentious than ever, fueled by the U.S. hardline opposition stance on ...

What factors can impact women’s likelihood to present for abortion after the legal gestation age limit?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

In low- and middle-income countries where abortion has been decriminalized, little research has been done into the question of how many women are unable to access abortion care because they present for treatment past the legal gestational age limit, and which factors might make late presentation more likely. A new study examines these questions and finds that young age, lower levels of education ...

Meet Sharmin Sultana, an Ipas expert on the ground in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps

Monday, April 2, 2018

As Ipas has moved quickly in recent months to respond to the reproductive health needs of Rohingya refugees flowing into Bangladesh, Sharmin Sultana’s work has brought her repeatedly to the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar District. An experienced reproductive health-care provider and clinical trainer, she is working with colleagues from Ipas Bangladesh and the United Nations Population ...

UK parliamentary group takes strong stance on abortion

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

On March 8, International Women’s Day, the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Population, Development and Reproductive Health released a report calling for the UK government to support safe abortion at home and abroad. In November, the APPG held a series of hearings in the British Parliament to gather evidence for the report. Ipas’s Gillian Kane, senior policy advisor, ...