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

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.

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. 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.

Health. Access. Rights.


Training abortion providers, ensuring 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 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.

Ipas-supported facilities served 594,825 women with abortion care

Women received the care they need.

53%  Safe abortion

47%  Treatment after unsafe abortion

Abortion services supported in 19 countries.

326,909  Asia

216,485  Africa

51,431  Latin America and the Caribbean

Health provider with woman
Health provider with woman


Connecting women and communities with 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 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.

Ipas reached more than 1.4 million people with information on safe abortion

We focused on reaching young people.

15%  19 and younger

44%  20-24 years

41%  25 and older

We reached men as well as women.

75%  Women

25%  Men

Nursing students in Zambia discuss sexual and reproductive rights
Nursing students in Zambia discuss sexual and reproductive rights


Strengthening 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 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 engaged more than 370,000 people to build support for safe abortion

Professionals trained on abortion issues

Ipas worked to expand and protect abortion rights
in 28 countries.

Police in Ghana participate in training on abortion rights


Tackling a global problem together

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.


Financial summary FY17 financial statement IRS Form 990

Results and financials in this report are from Ipas's fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017).

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