Work Location: Asia

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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5 women leaders helping advance safe abortion in India

Thanks to their dedication, more women and girls have access to safe abortion and contraception Abortion is legal in India, but that doesn’t mean women and girls can easily access a safe abortion when they need one. In this sprawling country of more than one billion people, unsafe abortion is still far more common than […]

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A big step toward full reproductive rights in Nepal

A new law in Nepal aims to further expand access to reproductive health services, including safe abortion care. The Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Rights Act, approved by Parliament and endorsed by the President Rt. Hon. Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Sept. 18, includes provisions increasing the number of conditions under which abortion is legal and […]

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Reaching women in remote areas

Safe, legal abortion is available in Nepal, but out of reach for many women in remote areas. We’re working to change that. A remarkable collaborative effort involving community members, government health officials, partner organizations and Ipas Nepal has brought safe abortion services to one of the most rugged and remote areas of Nepal, the Mugu […]

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Voice and text messages help women in Bangladesh make contraceptive choices, study finds

Public health organizations are increasingly using mobile health (mHealth) interventions to target specific audiences with personalized health information. In Bangladesh, an Ipas study used mHealth messaging to determine what family planning information women want to receive after having a safe abortion (known as “menstrual regulation” in this country). Government health guidelines recommend women receive family planning services […]

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Reproductive health care for Toyoba

One Rohingya woman’s story shows what’s at stake for so many refugees At just 22 years old, Toyoba has already faced unimaginable hardships. A Rohingya woman from Myanmar and the mother of three daughters, she was forced to flee her village in October 2017 to escape a brutal campaign of persecution by government military forces. […]

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Ipas and IRC partner to combat barriers to abortion care in crisis settings

Although the need for contraception and safe abortion is heightened in refugee camps and other crisis settings, reproductive health services are often minimal or non-existent, putting women at risk of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion. In Pakistan, Ipas and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) partnered to conduct trainings focused on one of the major barriers […]

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How does intimate partner violence influence reproductive health?

Research has shown for some time that physical or sexual violence perpetrated by a woman’s husband or sexual partner leads to poor reproductive health outcomes. But two recent Ipas-led studies conducted in Bangladesh shed light on some specific questions: What influence does intimate partner violence have on reproductive outcomes among women seeking abortion and on […]

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