In the beautiful Tororo District of Eastern Uganda, where Tororo Rock rises in the distance, you can find the Petta Health Centre III—an Ipas supported-facility where clients come from across the region to receive comprehensive and caring abortion services from an Ipas-trained provider.
For South African women and girls at risk of unsafe abortion, sexual abuse or HIV/AIDS, there was no better ally than Dr. Eddie Mhlanga, who recently passed away.
In the wake of tropical cyclone Ana, which has killed more than 80 people in Southern Africa, Ipas teams in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia are preparing a coordinated response to ensure that reproductive health care, including access to postabortion care and contraception, remains available to women and girls affected by the storm.
Rina Pradhan is a youth leader working in rural communities of Jharkhand. After receiving training from the Ipas Development Foundation (IDF), she began conducting community and school-level meetings to provide information on accessing safe, timely sexual and reproductive health services.
During COVID-19, women and girls around the world have faced a surge in gender-based violence (GBV) linked to lockdowns and stay-at-home orders issued by governments in response to the pandemic.
In the coastal town of Joal in Senegal, the community are dependent on the sea for everything from their food to their livelihoods. But a reduction in rainfall, plus an influx of sea water and algae, caused by rising sea levels and erosion, means that many species of fish that used to flourish in the mangroves no longer do so.
Faced with rising COVID cases and escalating armed conflicts between the military and ethnic armed organizations, many people in Myanmar have had to rely on ethnic health organizations rather than government-connected public facilities for their health care. Myanmar’s fractured health system has been overwhelmed, pushing aside other vital needs—like sexual and reproductive health services.
A bold new effort to coordinate and catalyze the safe abortion movement across Francophone Africa is under way.