Ipas works globally to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls by enhancing their access to and use of safe abortion and contraceptive care. Our work is urgent: 44,000 women and girls die each year from unsafe abortions, and millions more suffer serious, often permanent injuries. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
With our partners, we use a multi-faceted approach that includes work in the health, social and legal sectors to support women’s health and rights. To meet the reproductive health needs of women and girls, we focus on improving health services for them, increasing their access to services, and expanding their sexual and reproductive rights.
In 2016, almost 600,000 women received safe abortion care at Ipas-supported health facilities, and we reached more than 1.2 million people with information on safe abortion and how to access it. We also engaged with more than 400,000 people at the national, regional and global levels to build support for abortion rights and law reform.
Safe abortion and contraceptive care saves women’s and girls’ lives. We train health workers, support health systems and conduct research to ensure high-quality, evidence-based care is available.
Women and girls need accurate information and social support to access safe abortion. We partner with community-based organizations to educate women and communities on their health and rights.
Women and girls have the right to safe abortion. We advocate for legal abortion, support local champions for abortion rights, and train police, judges and lawyers on how to protect these rights.
To ensure high-quality safe abortion care, we train health professionals, equip health facilities, and provide clinical guidance. These are Ipas’s areas of expertise, and we draw on decades of experience helping countries improve their health systems’ ability to provide safe abortion care. In 2016, Ipas continued to train doctors, midwives and nurses to safely and respectfully perform abortions—and provide counseling on contraceptive options. We helped keep clinics stocked with necessary supplies and partnered with governments to develop national standards and guidelines for evidence-based care.
43% Treatment after unsafe abortion
57% Safe abortion
2,767 Latin America
Many women seeking abortion care leave health facilities without getting contraceptive counseling or a method choice, increasing their risk of future unintended pregnancy. A new, large-scale study by Ipas found that offering women contraceptive counseling and a choice of methods at the time of abortion can significantly improve contraceptive uptake, even in settings where contraceptive prevalence is low.
Knowledge is power, especially for women making decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. For many women and girls, lack of accurate information about reproductive health and how to access services is often the biggest barrier to safe abortion and contraceptive care. In 2016, we continued partnering with community-based organizations—experts on the needs of women and girls in their communities—to teach people about their sexual and reproductive health and rights. We also collaborated with them to train local leaders and champions for safe abortion and to reduce abortion stigma through education.
20% 19 and younger
45% 20-24 years
35% 25 and older
Ipas supports youth-led and youth-focused community organizations in Zambia that know how to share health information in ways that make sense to young people. With our partners, we’ve developed young leaders who have championed sexual and reproductive rights with policymakers and worked with health-care providers to establish youth-centered safe abortion and contraceptive care.
Women and girls can’t exercise their reproductive rights without laws and policies that support access to safe abortion and contraception. In 2016, Ipas continued to educate policymakers about the need for safe abortion, to train police and lawyers on how to uphold women’s rights within their legal systems, and to partner with local groups that advocate for sexual and reproductive rights. We also worked to make sure women’s right to safe, legal abortion was included in global conversations about the United Nations’ newly established Sustainable Development Goals.
56% Latin America
Ipas worked to expand and protect abortion rights
in 22 countries.
Police and other legal professionals can be important allies in efforts to improve women’s access to abortion. Ipas has long worked with police in Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia and elsewhere, and we published a guide this year to share best practices. In Bolivia, we began training police, judges and lawyers on how to properly handle cases in which women seek abortion care.
Ipas has the deepest gratitude for our donors—individuals, foundations, governments, and more—who help us continue the urgent work of ending unsafe abortion around the world. Our institutional funders have been integral to our strong presence in many countries. Plus, individuals and families have helped us grow our core funds so that we can be more nimble and innovative. In the coming years, we will use such funds to respond quickly to help reach women and girls in critical need of reproductive health services.
85% Contributions and grants
11% Latin America
62% Project-restricted funds
38% Core funds
Why I give...
“I’ve been incredibly fortunate to live in a country where I’ve had the right to obtain reproductive health care, access to those services and the choice of whether I wanted to have a child. I have never taken these things for granted. Ipas is the one major organization that has always had the courage and expertise to address the global problem of unsafe abortion head on.” - Sally, Ipas donor
Results and financials in this report are from Ipas's fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016).