Partnering with community groups and health workers during civil war

Martha Tadesse for Ipas

Ethiopia

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Against the backdrop of a brutal civil war, Ipas Ethiopia supports health facilities to provide sexual and reproductive health services, including abortion, and to re-establish those services where they have been disrupted. Use of rape as a weapon of war has created a crucial need for care that is trauma-informed and centers the needs of survivors. In partnership with humanitarian agencies, Ipas provides trainings in abortion and contraceptive care for health workers. Ipas also collaborates with pharmacists and mobile health units to ensure women can access abortion pills without needing to go to a health facility.

Photography by Martha Tadesse for Ipas

Reaching women displaced by conflict

Ipas supports health providers who help women access abortion with pills through a partnership with the New Millennium Women Empowerment Organization. Focused on reaching women displaced by conflict, New Millennium is also setting up referral systems to connect women and girls with facilities or mobile clinics where they can get sexual and reproductive health care.

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