Making high-quality abortion care a priority—even in the world’s most remote regions
No matter where they live, women and girls—and all people who can get pregnant— should have access to the highest possible quality of abortion and contraceptive care.
To ensure high-quality abortion care, we train doctors, midwives and nurses to safely and respectfully perform abortions and provide counseling on contraceptive options. We equip health facilities, provide clinical guidance and help keep clinics stocked with necessary supplies. We also work to expand women’s right and ability to self-manage an abortion with pills.
These are Ipas’s areas of expertise, and we draw on decades of experience helping countries improve their health systems’ ability to provide accessible abortion care.
In 2022, we helped health systems expand abortion access
health workers trained
At Ipas-supported health facilities:
people received abortion services
people received contraception
Midwives and Lady Health Visitors practice using IEC materials in Pinlaung, Myanmar. © Ipas Myanmar
Abortion Service Quality Initiative
Ipas, Ibis Reproductive Health, and Metrics for Management are collaborating to develop a global standard for measuring the quality of abortion services in low- and middle-income countries, for abortions occurring both in and out of health-care facilities.
The Abortion Service Quality Initiative, launched in 2018, aims to develop a common set of measures that prioritize the needs, preferences and experiences of people seeking abortion in order to evaluate the quality of care. Read the fact sheets on this initiative and progress to date: Abortion Metrics Matter and Measuring Abortion Service Quality.
Putting women at the center
Ipas Chief Scientific and Technical Officer Kathryn Andersen explains why woman-centered training for abortion providers is so important.