Work Location: Asia

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 conference ‘Sharing of Best Practices: Improving Maternal, New Born and Child Health in India’. The conference was jointly organised by FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre of Excellence and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals’ CSR arm Glenmark Foundation on March 28, 2018 in New Delhi.

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Improving Access to Comprehensive Abortion Care in India with Focus on Expanding Provider Base

This policy brief has been developed in consultation with experts in India after a careful review of the Indian context and mapping it with the WHO Guidelines on ‘Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception’ released in 2015. The policy brief highlights legal and policy recommendations for strengthening women’s access to comprehensive abortion care in India.

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Safe abortion in Nepal: A success story

Where abortion is illegal, women suffer. Before 2002 when abortion was illegal in Nepal, women were imprisoned, half of all hospital admissions were due to complications from clandestine abortions, and hundreds of women died each year.

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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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