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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.

Note: Single printed copies of many resources are available at no charge to developing-country nationals; shipping and handling fees apply for multiple publications.

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Who can provide abortion care? Considerations for law and policy makers.

Who can provide abortion care? Considerations for law and policy makers.

For women who want to end their pregnancies, laws that allow only medical doctors to provide abortion are real barriers. Abortion can safely be provided by nurses, midwives, paramedical personnel and other midlevel providers. Women who have correct information can take pills to end a pregnancy safely outside a health ... More »

Improving sexual and reproductive health services for young people in Nepal

Improving sexual and reproductive health services for young people in Nepal

This brief presents results and lessons learned from a youth-focused project in Kailali District implemented between 2012 and 2014. The project demonstrated that, working in consultation with health-care providers and other adults, young people can play a meaningful—even essential—role in improving the quality of ... More »

My honor, my body, my health: Fulfilling young people’s sexual and reproductive rights

My honor, my body, my health: Fulfilling young people’s sexual and reproductive rights

This booklet describes Ipas’s work with youth to promote their sexual and reproductive health and rights. With facts and concise explanations—plus illustrative stories from Nepal, South Africa and Ecuador—the booklet highlights the challenges young people face and the opportunities for them to become leaders and work ... More »

Access to safe abortion and contraception: Vital for young women globally, a priority for U.S. foreign assistance

Access to safe abortion and contraception: Vital for young women globally, a priority for U.S. foreign assistance

The United States, as the world’s foreign assistance leader, must play a key role in safeguarding a comprehensive and integrated approach to sexual and reproductive health and rights for young women. This fact sheet outlines policy challenges that deny young women their sexual and reproductive rights and puts forth ... More »

The stigmatizing attitudes, beliefs and actions scale*

The stigmatizing attitudes, beliefs and actions scale*

This is a short tool on how to use the Stigmatizing Attitudes, Beliefs and Actions Scale (SABAS). 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 ... More »

When Abortion is a Crime: The threat to vulnerable women in Latin America

When Abortion is a Crime: The threat to vulnerable women in Latin America

This report analyzes the findings of an Ipas investigation into the enforcement of laws criminalizing abortion in three South American countries—Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina—and is the first in a series of Ipas reports on criminal abortion laws in countries around the world. It documents accounts of hundreds of women ... More »

Human Rights and African Abortion Laws: A Handbook for Judges.

Human Rights and African Abortion Laws: A Handbook for Judges.

This handbook, written by Prof. Charles Ngwena and published by the Ipas Africa Alliance, is designed to raise judges’ awareness about the human rights obligations associated with abortion. Judges can use it as a guide to interpret and apply domestic abortion laws, taking into account global and regional human rights standards More »

Working in communities matters! Results from Postabortion clients in Zambia.

Working in communities matters! Results from Postabortion clients in Zambia.

This two-page research brief looks at the results of client exit interviews conducted in 2014 with 616 Zambian women who sought a safe and legal pregnancy termination.  The interviews explored issues of quality, service delivery and information dissemination as perceived by the women themselves—a perspective ... More »

Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2014

Ipas’s mission to reduce deaths and injuries from unsafe abortion and to increase women’s ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights is comprehensive. This report provides a snapshot of the breadth of Ipas efforts, highlighting fiscal year 2014 (July 2013-June 2014) results. More »

Working with communities to help Ethiopian women access safe, legal abortion

Working with communities to help Ethiopian women access safe, legal abortion

Ipas partners with community-based organizations to promote women’s sexual and reproductive health. Three recent projects described in this brief exemplify the objectives, processes and results of collaborative efforts by Ipas Ethiopia and community-based partners. More »

Steps for performing manual vacuum aspiration using the Ipas MVA Plus® and EasyGrip® cannulae

Steps for performing manual vacuum aspiration using the Ipas MVA Plus® and EasyGrip® cannulae

This illustrated wallchart presents a clear, easy-to-read, 10-step guide to performing uterine evacuation using the Ipas MVA Plus® and Ipas EasyGrip® cannulae. More »

Processing Ipas MVA Plus® Aspirators and Ipas EasyGrip® Cannulae (For international use)

Processing Ipas MVA Plus® Aspirators and Ipas EasyGrip® Cannulae (For international use)

This wallchart outlines the steps for correctly processing and cleaning the Ipas MVA Plus and Ipas EasyGrip cannulae. More »

Progress in the protection of women’s reproductive rights in Latin America: The case of Artavia Murillo et al v. Costa Rica

Progress in the protection of women’s reproductive rights in Latin America: The case of Artavia Murillo et al v. Costa Rica

The November 2012 decision by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights regarding the case of Artavia Murillo et al. v. Costa Rica generated landmark jurisprudence on women’s human rights. The ruling provides grounds for challenging laws in other countries that refer to absolute protection of life from the moment of ... More »

Client Exit Interviews show that in Kenya, women need clear, accurate information about abortion care

Client Exit Interviews show that in Kenya, women need clear, accurate information about abortion care

Based on client exit interviews, this research brief highlights women’s sources of information about abortion and barriers to postabortion contraception in Kenya. More »

Saving and enhancing women’s lives

Saving and enhancing women’s lives

This brochure describes the impact Ipas has made on saving and enhancing women's lives over 40 years. More »

Youth act for safe abortion: A training guide for future health professionals - PowerPoints for Modules 1-5 activities

Youth act for safe abortion: A training guide for future health professionals - PowerPoints for Modules 1-5 activities

This document contains all printable handouts from Youth Act for Safe Abortion: A Training Guide for Future Health Professionals.   This guide is a resource for future health professionals who want to learn about and engage in abortion issues. Abortion is a critical but often neglected area of women’s rights, ... More »

Youth act for safe abortion: A training guide for future health professionals

Youth act for safe abortion: A training guide for future health professionals

This guide is a resource for future health professionals who want to learn about and engage in abortion issues. Abortion is a critical but often neglected area of women’s rights, women’s health and health science education. The guide was developed for health sciences students—including students in medicine, nursing, ... More »

International Human Rights Bodies on Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion - Part 4

International Human Rights Bodies on Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion - Part 4

This publication, which contains four different parts and was updated in June 2014, presents human rights agreements, treaties and policies that address maternal mortality, unwanted pregnancy and abortion as they relate to global reproductive rights work. Part 4: Country-Specific Treaty Monitoring Committee ... More »

International Human Rights Bodies on Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion - Part 3

International Human Rights Bodies on Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion - Part 3

This publication, which contains four different parts and was updated in June 2014, presents human rights agreements, treaties and policies that address maternal mortality, unwanted pregnancy and abortion as they relate to global reproductive rights work. Part 3: Country-Specific Treaty Monitoring Committee ... More »

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