Making abortion accessible in crisis settings

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An estimated 35 million women and girls of reproductive age are living in crisis settings around the world, yet they often have little or no access to contraception or abortion care. 

Whether displaced by human conflict or extreme weather events caused by climate change, these people often find themselves displaced or living in refugee camps for years—sometimes decades. And no matter what caused the crisis, women and girls face the same harms to their reproductive health: no access to health care; increased risk of sexual violence; and lack of basic necessities, education, and jobs to help them safely provide for their families and take care of their health.

This is a long-term, global problem that will only impact more people as climate change advances. That’s why Ipas works with diverse partners, including humanitarian organizations, to ensure women and girls affected by crisis have reproductive health options that include abortion and contraception.

Every crisis is different. Our varied solutions recognize that.

Through a variety of different programs and approaches, we’re proving that reproductive health care can be made accessible during an acute crisis and in the years that follow.

Bangladesh

Training health workers in Rohingya refugee camps

Ethiopia

Partnering with community groups and health workers during civil war

Democratic Republic of Congo

Ensuring care for internally displaced people

Bolivia

Providing health information and care to Venezuelan migrants

Kenya

Partnering with refugees to protect against COVID and ensure health-care access

Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia

Coordinating a response after cyclones and flooding

Myanmar

Reaching people through the private sector when public health systems shut down

 

We need women-led climate justice

Crisis settings caused by climate change are on the rise. This in turn harms women’s reproductive health. That’s why Ipas advocates for women-led climate justice.

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Global awareness—and action—needed

Ipas is helping to build evidence that abortion care is needed in crisis settings—and showing that providing this care is possible with the right resources and strategy.

The evidence is growing: Abortion care is a necessity in humanitarian settings

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Ipas Senior Researcher Tamara Fetters participated in this conversation hosted by the Global Justice Center

Ensuring high-quality care and well-trained providers

Ipas offers specially tailored resources to improve abortion access in crisis settings by providing accurate information to clinicians and those seeking care—and by building support among humanitarian professionals for reproductive health services.

Resources for humanitarian settings:

Trauma-informed care in humanitarian settings

A new Ipas toolkit—Trauma-informed care for abortion providers treating sexual violence survivors in humanitarian settings—provides essential information for abortion providers on the principles of trauma-informed counseling and how to create an environment of psychological safety for people who seek care.

“We think this is a very unique resource addressing a gap in services and learning, and it explores a key intersection in the humanitarian and development sectors,” says Tamara Fetters, senior research scientist at Ipas.

Rohingya Noor

Abortion Attitude Transformation: A values clarification toolkit for humanitarian audiences

Ipas toolkit aims to improve abortion access for refugee women and girls. Abortion Attitude Transformation: A values clarification toolkit for humanitarian audiences

Abortion Attitude Transformation-Humanitarian

About Us

We work with partners around the world to advance reproductive justice by expanding access to abortion and contraception.

Our Work

The global movement for legal, accessible abortion is growing. Our staff and partners in countries as diverse as Bolivia, Malawi and India are working to ensure all people can access high-quality abortion care.

Where We Work

The global movement for legal, accessible abortion is growing. Our staff and partners in countries as diverse as Bolivia, Malawi and India are working to ensure all people can access high-quality abortion care.

Resources

Our materials are designed to help reproductive health advocates and professionals expand access to high-quality abortion care.

For health professionals

For advocates and decisionmakers

Training resources

For humanitarian settings

For researchers and program implementors