Abortion in humanitarian settings

An estimated 26 million women and girls are living in humanitarian settings around the world, yet they often have little or no access to contraception and safe abortion care. We’re working with international humanitarian organizations to fill that gap and ensure women and girls affected by crisis have reproductive health options that include safe abortion and contraception.

As a longtime member of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crisis, Ipas is also helping to build the capacity of health-care workers to provide reproductive health services in crisis settings. We are also working to ensure that the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP), a set of priority activities for reproductive health in crisis settings, includes comprehensive abortion care.

“Reproductive health care is a basic necessity for women and girls in humanitarian settings, but all too often services are not available. We need to open our eyes to this problem and take action to ensure the care they need is provided.” – Hauwa Shekarau, Country Director, Ipas Nigeria