Abortion in humanitarian settings


An estimated 34 million women and girls of reproductive age are living in humanitarian settings around the world, yet they often have little or no access to contraception and abortion care. We’re working with international humanitarian organizations to fill that gap and ensure women and girls affected by crisis have reproductive health options that include abortion and contraception.

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Rohingya Toyoba

One Rohingya woman’s story shows what’s at stake for so many refugees in need of reproductive health care

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Ipas statement on the critical need for abortion in humanitarian settings, in response to the U.S. administration’s harmful attempts to deny health and rights, from Anu Kumar, president and CEO

In humanitarian crises, abortion care can be provided quickly and effectively. Case study of Rohingya refugee camps documents first time abortion was introduced during an acute emergency.

Rohingya refugee, Montaz

Displaced Rohingya women need access to abortion

Ipas President and CEO Anu Kumar and Sandeep Prasad of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights explain the urgent and overlooked health needs of Rohingya women and girls raped by Myanmar’s military.

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Ipas and the Danish Ambassador to the United States hosted a photo exhibit reception to highlight the critical need for reproductive health care for Rohingya refugees. Watch this short video from the event, prepared by the Danish embassy staff.
Rohingya Noor

Essential health care

At a health center in the refugee camp where Noor was living, she was able to safely end her unwanted pregnancy that was the result of sexual assault as she fled her village in Myanmar.
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In Pakistan, Ipas and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) partnered to conduct trainings focused on one of the major barriers to the provision of abortion care in humanitarian settings—the stigma surrounding abortion and a lack of knowledge about the abortion procedure and its legal status.