Work Location: Africa

Zambia

Ipas Zambia Director: Grace Tambatamba-Chiyaba Although abortion is legal in Zambia, the barriers to accessing safe abortion care are formidable. Doctors are in short supply, and there is a strong and persistent social stigma surrounding abortion. Very few women know...

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South Africa

Ipas South Africa Director: Caroline Mbi-Njifor Abortion has been legal in South Africa since the enactment of the 1996 Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act. But unsafe abortion is prevalent and particularly impacts poor women and girls and those who live in rural...

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Nigeria

Ipas Nigeria Director: Lucky Palmer Unsafe abortion is one of the most significant and preventable causes of maternal death and injury in Nigeria, which has one of the world’s highest maternal death rates. Abortion is illegal except to save the life of the woman, and...

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Mozambique

Ipas Mozambique Director: Jorge Matine In 2014, with the goal of reducing maternal deaths, Mozambique liberalized its abortion law to greatly broaden women’s access to safe abortion care. Women in Mozambique now have the right to a legal abortion upon request during...

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Malawi

Country Director, Ipas Malawi: Pansi Katenga Malawi’s abortion law is one of the most restrictive in Africa, as it only permits termination of pregnancy to save a woman’s life. This leads many women and girls to end unwanted pregnancies in unsafe, clandestine...

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Ghana

Keeping the promise: Ipas Ghana’s 14 years of action to expand safe abortion careThe availability of safe abortion care in Ghana was more of a promise than a reality when Ipas Ghana launched its national program in 2006. A fairly liberal abortion law had been enacted...

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Francophone Africa

Ipas Francophone Africa Director: Sosthène Dougrou There are more than 1.8 million unsafe abortions in West Africa each year. An assessment of abortion care needs and opportunities in Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa conducted in 2015 found there is “a vast unmet need”...

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Ethiopia

Ipas Ethiopia Director: Saba Kidanemariam After liberalizing Ethiopia’s abortion law in 2005, the government implemented programs to train health-care providers, equip facilities and expand the services they offer—and integrate abortion care into broader reproductive...

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Africa Alliance

In Kenya, unsafe abortion has long been recognized as a leading cause of death and injury for women. Under the new Kenyan constitution, abortion is legal under certain circumstances, but many providers have still not been trained in safe abortion care, and women...

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Protecting abortion access in Kenya

Well before the coronavirus crisis hit Kenya, the Ipas Africa Alliance was using the online platform WhatsApp to stay in touch with health professionals who are trained to provide abortion care throughout the country. Now, that communication is more valuable than ever.

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Unsafe abortion deaths are preventable, and men have a huge role to play

Two young reproductive rights champions in Ghana speak out  Samuel Lamptey grew up around women—he has 11 sisters. This experience has helped him understand and empathize with the issues women face, including unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion. “We cannot make progress if we don’t understand the issues of women,” he says.   Lamptey and his colleague, Aku Dzifa Amenyedzi, are young reproductive rights champions in Ghana, and both have […]

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