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, ...

Voice and text messages help women in Bangladesh make contraceptive choices, study finds

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Public health organizations are increasingly using mobile health (mHealth) interventions to target specific audiences with personalized health information. In Bangladesh, an Ipas study used mHealth messaging to determine what family planning information women want to receive after having a safe abortion (known as “menstrual regulation” in this country). Government health guidelines ...

First study on the incidence of abortion among Ethiopian adolescents released

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A new study by researchers from Ipas and the Guttmacher Institute finds that adolescent women are more likely than older women to seek legal and safe abortion services, since the 2005 expansion on Ethiopia’s abortion law. “Playing it Safe: Legal and Clandestine Abortions Among Adolescents in Ethiopia,” documents the legal and unsafe abortion rates among Ethiopian adolescents ...

Bringing abortion rights to the table at the UN’s 2018 Commission on the Status of Women

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

From March 12-23, world leaders and advocates for women’s rights from around the world will be in New York attending the United Nations’ 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), focusing this year on empowering rural women and girls. Representatives of Ipas will be there, working alongside our partners to ensure that women’s sexual and reproductive ...

Bringing reproductive care to Rohingya refugees

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Since August 2017, around 700,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee their homes in Myanmar. Many Rohingya women now living in refugee camps in Bangladesh are facing an unwanted pregnancy—often the result of rape. Ipas has responded quickly. Learn how we’re working to ensure refugee women can access both safe abortion (called “menstrual regulation” in Bangladesh) and contraceptive care.