Unsafe abortion is the third leading cause of maternal death in Myanmar, where abortion is legal only to save a woman’s life. Many women arrive at public health facilities seeking care for complications of unsafe abortion.
Ipas began working in Myanmar in 2014 in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Department of Public Health to improve the quality of postabortion care (treatment for complications of unsafe abortion) in public facilities, including provision of training and support to health providers. Ipas Myanmar works with partner organizations to raise public awareness about the dangers of unsafe abortion and how to obtain safe and comprehensive contraceptive and postabortion care. Ipas Myanmar has also provided the Department of Public Health with technical expertise that resulted in revised and updated national postabortion care guidelines. In communities, Ipas Myanmar’s outreach work seeks to educate women—including underserved young women—on how to prevent unintended pregnancies and access safe postabortion care.