Work Location: Asia

Pakistan

Ipas Pakistan Director: Ghulam Shabbir Awan 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...

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Nepal

Country Director, Ipas Nepal: Dr. Popular Gentle Women and girls in Nepal today have the right to access safe, legal abortion free of charge at public health facilities. But prior to 2002, when abortion was illegal, the situation was much different: Women were...

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Myanmar

Ipas Myanmar Country Manager: Ni Ni 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...

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Indonesia

Ipas Indonesia Director: Dr. Marcia Soumokil Indonesia has a great unmet need for sexual and reproductive health services and information, and unsafe abortion is believed to cause approximately 30% of maternal deaths in the country. Abortion is only legal under...

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Yukti Yojana recognized as a Best Practice

Yukti Yojana – A Public Private Partnership for Expanding Availability of Safe Abortion Services in Bihar, featured in the compendium of successful projects in the field of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health that was launched in a...

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India

Chief Executive Officer, Ipas Development Foundation: Vinoj Manning India has one of Asia’s broadest abortion laws. Abortions may be performed by a registered physician in a government-approved hospital or facility during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. However, in...

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Bangladesh

Ipas Bangladesh Director: Dr. Sayed Rubayet Menstrual regulation (as abortion is known in Bangladesh) is legal in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. But despite this legal service, unsafe abortion does occur—particularly in rural parts of the country. The Rohingya...

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‘Mobilizing with one voice’ in Pakistan

Along with other members of the Pakistan Alliance for Postabortion Care, a national alliance of more than 40 organizations, Ipas Pakistan has called for federal, provincial and private facilities providing sexual and reproductive health care to remain open and continue providing outpatient services and counseling during the pandemic.

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Ipas Nepal focuses on including marginalized women in the workforce

In Nepal, it’s been illegal to discriminate based on caste since 1962. But a person’s caste still determines their quality of life—from if they have access to education and health care, to what kind of job they can get, to where they can travel. The Musahar community—part of Nepal’s lowest caste, the Sudra—are among the […]

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Ipas Nepal creates reproductive health materials in Braille to reach visually impaired people

In Nepal, “basic reproductive health information is usually not shared or even spoken about in our communities,” says Radhika Nayaju, program officer for Ipas Nepal. And visually impaired people face additional barriers to accessing information. So Ipas Nepal has been working with the Nepal Health Education, Information and Communication Centre, the Ministry of Health and Population, and […]

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India progresses in amending its abortion law

In India, 10 women die each day as a result of unsafe abortion. While abortion has been legal in the country since the 1971 passage of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, much has changed since then in terms of societal shifts and the advancement of abortion technology. For 10 years, Ipas Development Foundation (IDF) and other stakeholders have been working with the […]

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Understanding women’s needs around abortion self-care in India

In India, an estimated 15.6 million abortions occur each year—and out of those, about 12 million (73%) are medical abortions (or abortion with pills) that women experience in places other than health facilities.    “The reason for this is a combination of awareness, stigma and issues with access,” says Vinoj Manning, Chief Executive Officer of Ipas […]

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Making progress on the issue that nobody wants to talk openly about

Ipas Indonesia works with partners to meet the reproductive health needs of women and girls Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country, with 264 million people belonging to hundreds of ethnic groups. Its 17,000 islands span a length equivalent to the continental United States. From district to district, there is health-care inequity. And abortion […]

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‘No woman should feel embarrassed for sharing her decision’

Ipas Indonesia Country Director Marcia Soumokil shares her abortion experience Ipas Indonesia Country Director Marcia Soumokil has always had a passion for women’s health. Before joining Ipas in 2017, Dr. Soumokil worked as a general practitioner, for a reproductive health program for female refugees, and with an HIV organization. Her own abortion experience more than […]

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‘When people are empowered, they know their rights and can claim them’

Ipas Myanmar Country Director Ni Ni on working in a restrictive environment   In Myanmar, where abortion is only permitted to save the life of a woman, unsafe abortion is the second leading cause of maternal death. The restrictive environment can slow progress to increase access to safe abortion and contraceptive care.   But Ipas Myanmar Country Director Ni Ni, who […]

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Radhika Nayaju: Making positive change in Nepal

Prior to 2002, abortion was illegal in Nepal, but today women and girls have the right to safe, legal abortion free of charge at public health facilities. In this Q & A, Radhika Nayaju, a district coordinator for Ipas Nepal, talks about the challenges of making access to abortion services a reality for women in […]

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