Resources

Ipas produces a variety of materials—from research summaries, advocacy papers and tools, training curricula to topical publications. Resources are listed alphabetically; search within the collection by language, country, region and/or topic using the filter controls below.

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Barriers to Abortion

Legal and Policy Barriers to Abortion

Standards and guidelines around creating laws and policies on abortion. More »

Criminal laws and other legal restrictions relating to sexual

Criminal laws and other legal restrictions relating to sexual & reproductive health and the right to health

This is a two-page flyer that summarizes key points of the August 2011 report by Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, who calls for rescinding criminal and restrictive laws related to abortion. More »

Midwives Matter

Midwives Matter

Midwives are the front line in keeping women healthy—through pre- and postnatal care and through comprehensive reproductive health care, including safe abortion. When skilled midwives make these important services available, accessible and affordable, they play a key role in reducing maternal mortality. This ... More »

Safe and Effective Provision of Abortion Care by Midlevel Providers

Safe and Effective Provision of Abortion Care by Midlevel Providers

Two-page fact sheet outlining the evidence showing that midlevel providers—such as midwives, nurse practitioners and clinical officers—can provide first-trimester vacuum aspiration and medical abortions as safely and effectively as physicians. More »

Provider Snapshot: Evelyne Mutio

Provider Snapshot: Evelyne Mutio

A photostory of a midwife working in Nairobi, Kenya. More »

Supporting women during medical abortion (with subtitles)

Tráiler: Apoyando a las mujeres durante el aborto con medicamentos (tráiler de la película con subtítulos)   This video documents the successful accompaniment network model developed by Mexican NGO Las Libres to support women in the restrictive State of Guanajuato through the process of medical abortion. Women ... More »

Supporting women during medical abortion (full version with subtitles)

This video documents the successful accompaniment network model developed by Mexican NGO Las Libres to support women in the restrictive State of Guanajuato through the process of medical abortion. Women share their own stories of how accompaniment helped them obtain access and support for medical abortion and why the ... More »

The impact on young women when abortion is a crime.

The impact on young women when abortion is a crime.

This fact sheet highlights the disproportionately high impact of criminal abortion laws on young women. In places where abortion is a crime, women who are young, poor, uneducated and facing an unwanted pregnancy are at greater risk of resorting to illegal and unsafe abortions, and consequently being investigated, ... More »

Because Winter 2014

Because Winter 2014

This issue delves into abortion and religion, highlighting that many abortion providers are deeply religious and believe that providing abortion care is an act of faith. We also examine how Crisis Pregnancy Centers that purport to help women but spread misinformation about abortion have gone global and take a look at ... More »

Are young women in India prepared to deal with sexual and reproductive health issues? A case study of Jharkhand, India

Young Indian women often face social, economic, logistical, policy and health system barriers when accessing sexual and reproductive health services, including safe abortion care.  A cross-sectional household survey was conducted in July – August 2012 in Jharkhand, India. We interviewed 1,381 young women (15-24 ... More »

Ensuring women’s right to safe legal abortion and gender equality in the post-2015 development goals

Ensuring women’s right to safe legal abortion and gender equality in the post-2015 development goals

This publication explains how international conferences and development agendas have increasingly recognized women’s reproductive rights, including the right to safe abortion, as a necessary component of achieving gender equality. The document calls on world leaders to focus on gender equality and decriminalization of ... More »

Joe Cherabie: Why medical students need training on safe abortion

Ipas works with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) to train medical students from around the world on the importance of safe abortion access for women's health. Here, Joe Cherabie, a medical student in Lebanon and IFMSA student trainer on safe abortion, explains why he believes these ... More »

Kelly Thompson: Why medical students need training on safe abortion

Ipas works with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) to train medical students from around the world on the importance of safe abortion access for women's health. Here, Kelly Thompson, a medical student in Australia and IFMSA student trainer on safe abortion, explains why he believes ... More »

Accreditation of Private Sector Health Facilities for Provision of Comprehensive Abortion Care Services: An Initiative of the Government of Bihar

Accreditation of Private Sector Health Facilities for Provision of Comprehensive Abortion Care Services: An Initiative of the Government of Bihar

Recognizing the need to increase access to safe abortion services to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, in 2011 the Government of Bihar developed a new mechanism of accrediting and subsidizing private health care facilities. The program, Yukti Yojana (“a scheme for solution”), accredits eligible health ... More »

Clinical updates in reproductive health

Clinical updates in reproductive health

Clinical Updates in Reproductive Health (CURHs) are designed to provide Ipas staff, trainers, partners and other health-care providers with access to up-to-date, evidence-based recommendations. In general, the recommendations are the same as those in the World Health Organization's 2012 Safe Abortion: Technical and ... More »

Cephas Avoka: Why medical students need training on safe abortion

Ipas works with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) to train medical students from around the world on the importance of safe abortion access for women's health.   Here, Cephas Avoka, a medical student in Ghana and IFMSA student trainer on safe abortion, explains why he ... More »

Expanding the Provider Base for Abortion Care: Findings and Recommendations from an Assessment of Pre-Service Training Needs and Opportunities in Bangladesh

Expanding the Provider Base for Abortion Care: Findings and Recommendations from an Assessment of Pre-Service Training Needs and Opportunities in Bangladesh

In 2012, Ipas undertook an assessment in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan to determine the specific needs and gaps in the pre-service education systems for midlevel providers and to identify opportunities, strategies and recommendations for creating more equitable access to safe abortion care. Sources for the ... More »

Expanding the Provider Base for Abortion Care: Findings and Recommendations from an Assessment of Pre-Service Training Needs and Opportunities in Nepal

Expanding the Provider Base for Abortion Care: Findings and Recommendations from an Assessment of Pre-Service Training Needs and Opportunities in Nepal

In 2012, Ipas undertook an assessment in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan to determine the specific needs and gaps in the pre-service education systems for midlevel providers and to identify opportunities, strategies and recommendations for creating more equitable access to safe abortion care. Sources for the ... More »

Expanding the Provider Base for Abortion Care: Findings and Recommendations from an Assessment of Pre-Service Training Needs and Opportunities in Pakistan

Expanding the Provider Base for Abortion Care: Findings and Recommendations from an Assessment of Pre-Service Training Needs and Opportunities in Pakistan

In 2012, Ipas undertook an assessment in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan to determine the specific needs and gaps in the pre-service education systems for midlevel providers and to identify opportunities, strategies and recommendations for creating more equitable access to safe abortion care. Sources for the ... More »

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