Each year, thousands of Pakistani women suffer from the consequences of unsafe abortion—and some of them die. Abortion is legal in Pakistan to save a woman’s life or to provide “necessary treatment,” but it is highly stigmatized and safe abortion and postabortion care services are often inaccessible.
Since 2007, Ipas has worked to decrease death and injury from unsafe abortion in Pakistan through socially and culturally sensitive interventions, such as training health-care providers and working closely with government and nongovernmental organizations to improve the quality and availability of postabortion care in public and private health facilities. Ipas Pakistan also works in communities to provide women and their families with the knowledge and social support they need to access safe abortion, postabortion care and contraceptive services.
Impact in 2022
people received abortion at Ipas-supported facilities
people received contraceptive services at Ipas-supported facilities
abortion access points supported
community health workers (Lady Health Workers) trained to support women and girls with information on reproductive health
women reached by Ipas-supported Lady Health Workers with information about sexual and reproductive health and rights, including how to access safe abortion
men reached by Ipas-trained male community intermediaries with information on reproductive health, including contraception
Provider as Champion
In Pakistan, a female medical officer who had attended Ipas VCAT trainings was inspired to become a champion for access to abortion care.