Each year, 25 million women and girls around the world have unsafe abortions. We’re working to bring that number to zero. Ipas is the only international organization solely focused on expanding access to safe abortion and contraceptive care. Across Africa, Asia and Latin America, we work with partners to train abortion providers, connect women with vital information so they can access services, and to advocate for safe, legal abortion.
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. Around the world, our programs strive to improve reproductive health services for women and girls, increase their access to these services, and expand their sexual and reproductive rights.
Safe abortion and contraceptive care saves women’s and girls’ lives. We train health workers, support health systems and conduct research to ensure high-quality, evidence-based care is available.
Women and girls need accurate information and social support to access safe abortion. We partner with community-based organizations to educate women and communities on their health and rights.
Women and girls have the right to safe abortion. We advocate for legal abortion, support local champions for abortion rights, and train police, judges and lawyers on how to protect these rights.
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 2017, 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.
53% Safe abortion
47% Treatment after unsafe abortion
51,431 Latin America and the Caribbean
Ipas has long partnered with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health and other institutions to improve women’s and girls’ access to safe abortion. According to a study by Ipas and the Guttmacher Institute, government programs to train abortion providers and integrate abortion care into broader reproductive health services are paying off: More women are seeking safe abortions; fewer are resorting to unsafe methods.
In partnership with the United Nations Population Fund, Ipas Bangladesh is strengthening reproductive health services for Rohingya refugees. Many suffered rape and sexual assault when fleeing persecution in Myanmar. Ipas is training providers in safe abortion (called “menstrual regulation” in Bangladesh) and contraceptive care to ensure women and girls have safe options for ending and preventing unwanted pregnancies.
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 the biggest barrier to safe abortion and contraceptive care. In 2017, 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 rights. We also collaborated with them to train local leaders and champions for safe abortion and to reduce abortion stigma through education.
15% 19 and younger
44% 20-24 years
41% 25 and older
In Kenya, Ipas worked with local partners to design a mobile referrals system to link women and girls to reproductive health care—including abortion and contraceptive services. Health-care providers and community health volunteers use the system to initiate and track referrals and contact clients about follow-up care.
In Pakistan, Ipas and the International Rescue Committee partnered to conduct trainings focused on one of the major barriers to abortion care in humanitarian settings: the stigma surrounding abortion. Workshops helped aid workers and health-care providers understand the legal status of abortion in Pakistan and explore their values and beliefs about reproductive health care.
Women and girls can’t exercise their reproductive rights without laws and policies that support access to safe abortion and contraception. In 2017, we worked with partners around the world to reduce the devastating harm to women’s health and lives inflicted by President Trump’s Global Gag Rule. We also 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.
Ipas worked to expand and protect abortion rights
in 28 countries.
In Bolivia, a grassroots movement for safe, legal abortion has been building for many years, harnessing the power of leaders from across the country’s diverse population—which has more than 30 indigenous groups. These inspiring leaders are helping to drive the movement with support from Ipas Bolivia and others in the grassroots coalition they’ve formed.
Ipas is working to document the terrible harm to women’s health and lives inflicted by the Global Gag Rule, which is already making it harder for women and girls around the world to exercise their right to safe, legal abortion care. Ipas Africa Alliance Director Liza Muringo Kimbo explains the harmful impact of the rule in this news video.
Ipas has the deepest gratitude for our donors—individuals, foundations, governments, and more—who help us continue the urgent work of ending unsafe abortion around the world. Our institutional funders have been integral to our strong presence in many countries. Plus, individuals and families have helped us grow our core funds so that we can be more nimble and innovative. In the coming years, we will use such funds to respond quickly to help reach women and girls in critical need of reproductive health services.
Why I give...
“Ipas's global perspective is so important and powerful because injury and loss of life [from unsafe abortion] is significant. We’ve managed to minimize it in the U.S., but the rest of the world deserves that. In the classroom and [clinic], Ipas's resources are very helpful to providers, teachers and medical students.” -Eliza Bennett, M.D.
84% Contributions and grants
14% Latin America
64% Project-restricted funds
36% Core funds
Results and financials in this report are from Ipas's fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017).