Access to high-quality, comprehensive reproductive health care depends largely on the prevalence of skilled health-care providers. In countries around the world, Ipas facilitates clinical and related training programs for health-care workers in partnership with public (governmental) health systems, providers in other health systems, and private practitioners.

Our comprehensive training materials—including formal training curricula and tools like performance checklists, supply lists, and monitoring and evaluation instruments—are designed for use in low-resource settings. Ipas uses these materials in our own country and regional programs and makes them available directly to individual trainers and health-care providers, plus we collaborate with other organizations to disseminate training resources. Ipas University, or IpasU, provides free online learning to clinicians and clinicians-in-training on a variety of subjects.

Ipas collaborates with a range of partners to train networks of health-care workers that can connect women to accurate abortion information and safe services. For example, Ipas and our local partners in Nepal trained female community health volunteers to provide information on where to access safe services. And in Nigeria and Zambia, we are working with local partners to train pharmacists on the safe and correct use of misoprostol for medical abortion.

Our training and learning initiatives are innovative, evidence-based and in accordance with current clinical and program standards, as well as women’s needs. Ipas training results in knowledgeable, competent, sensitive and motivated professionals in the field of women’s reproductive health, including:

  • Clinicians
  • Counselors
  • Facility managers
  • Trainers
  • Policy makers
  • Medical, nursing, midwifery and public-health students

Ipas’s training and learning initiative outcomes include:

  • More women served
  • Improved quality of care
  • More highly functioning service-delivery sites
  • Stronger institutions and networks for reproductive health training and service delivery