Ensuring care for internally displaced people

Ley Uwera for Ipas

Democratic Republic of Congo

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Decades of armed conflict, economic unrest and public health crises have left nearly 20 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in need of humanitarian assistance. More than 5 million people are internally displaced and there is widespread sexual violence against women and girls. Ipas DRC, in partnership with community-based organizations, is working to ensure that reproductive health care—including abortion and contraception—is available to women and girls affected by these crises.

Photography by Ley Uwera for Ipas

There are many acts of sexual violence reported during humanitarian crises. In such settings, it’s a matter of reproductive and social justice to make abortion information and services available to all who need them.’
Dr. Jean-Claude Mulunda, director of Ipas DRC

It’s often said that the provision of abortion in crisis settings is not logistically possible or effective, but that is not the case, says Dr. Jean-Claude Mulunda, director of Ipas DRC. “When the right information and services are made available, women and girls in such settings can absolutely have safe abortion care.”

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