Abortion in humanitarian settings


An estimated 35 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.

With sexual violence ‘a weapon of war’ in Tigray region, Ipas Ethiopia moves to ensure reproductive health care

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The US Campaign to Deny Healthcare to War Victims

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

The Potential of Self-Managed Abortion to Expand Abortion Access in Humanitarian Contexts

Refugees and displaced people face uniquely challenging barriers to abortion access, including the collapse of health systems, statelessness, and a lack of prioritization of sexual and reproductive health services by humanitarian agencies. In a commentary in Frontiers in Global Women’s Health, authors (including Ipas experts) highlight the opportunities  that could increase access to self-managed abortion.
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.