22 million unsafe abortions each year:
We’re working to end this

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.

Health. Access. Rights.


Ensuring abortion providers are equipped for high-quality care

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.

Ipas-supported facilities served 582,884 women with abortion care

Women received the care they need.

43%  Treatment after unsafe abortion

57%  Safe abortion

Ipas trained 6,401  clinicians in abortion care.

1,559  Asia

2,075  Africa

2,767  Latin America

Health provider with woman David and Lucile Packard Foundation


Connecting women and communities with the knowledge they need

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.

Ipas reached more than 1.2 million people with information on safe abortion

We focused on reaching young people .

20%  19 and younger

45%  20-24 years

35%  25 and older

We reached men as well as women.

68%  Women

32%  Men

Nursing students in Zambia discuss sexual and reproductive rights Ipas photo


Supporting local and global
movements for abortion rights

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.

Ipas engaged more than 400,000 people to build support for safe abortion

Activities engaged people worldwide.

56%  Latin America

28%  Africa

16%  Asia

Ipas worked to expand and protect abortion rights
in 22 countries.

Police in Ghana participate in training on abortion rights


2016 REVENUE $0 from U.S. Government

85%  Contributions and grants

13%  Contracts

2%  Other


11%  Latin America

42%  Africa

20%  Asia

27%  Global


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


Financial summary FY16 financial statement IRS Form 990

Results and financials in this report are from Ipas's fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016).

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