Making abortion accessible in humanitarian settings

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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.

The evidence is growing: Abortion care is a necessity in 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

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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.

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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Rohingya Noor

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