Each year, 25 million women and girls around the world have unsafe abortions. We’re working to bring that number to zero.

Ipas is the only international organization solely focused on expanding access to safe abortion and contraceptive care. Across Africa, Asia and Latin America, we work with partners to train abortion providers, connect women with vital information so they can access services, and to advocate for safe, legal abortion.

Our work is urgent

Millions of women and girls suffer serious, often permanent injuries as a result of unsafe abortion, and tens of thousands of women die. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Around the world, our programs strive to improve reproductive health services for women and girls, increase their access to these services, and expand their sexual and reproductive rights.

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Keeping women's health essential despite COVID-19 shortages

Ipas staff and partners around the world are working furiously to protect access to contraception and abortion during the pandemic. Ipas President and CEO Anu Kumar shares examples of the innovative solutions that are emerging in this opinion piece published by CNN.
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Ipas President and CEO Anu Kumar

Ipas statement on the critical need for abortion in humanitarian settings, in response to the U.S. administration’s harmful attempts to deny health and rights, from Anu Kumar, president and CEO

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How the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting abortion care

Abortion care is a time-sensitive service that cannot be significantly deferred without profound consequences for women and their families. Ipas is working to ensure that abortion remains an essential health service during the coronavirus outbreak.

Ipas Bolivia trains volunteer community agents who provide women with the information they need.

MALENA MORALES, Ipas Bolivia Country Director

We’re using every channel and avenue we have to share information about safe abortion, contraception and reproductive rights. Now more than ever we’re relying on our networks and partnerships to protect women’s access to care.”

MALENA MORALES, Ipas Bolivia Country Director

May 20, 2020

More on how the pandemic is impacting abortion care

Our impact in 2019

731,261

Women and girls received abortion care at Ipas-supported facilities

2,597,468

Contraceptive care methods—including postabortion and standalone—provided

389,000

Unsafe abortions we helped avert*
* Modeled using Impact 2 (v4) Marie Stopes International 2016

Visually impaired women in Nepal read reproductive health materials in braille

‘Everyone is welcome at my hospital’

Dr. Georgina Díaz Orozco is a doctor and Ipas-trained abortion provider in Guadalajara, Mexico—and one of the few providers in Jalisco state to offer abortion care after the first trimester. “It is very important that people have access to this care,” she says.
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Dr. Georgina Díaz Orozco

We’ve learned that when we work to empower women, we need to include men in the process if we want to see real change. Watch Yashoda Pramanik, a community youth leader in India, talk about how men now support women’s reproductive health decisions because they’re involved in community education programs. You can also read more about Yashoda’s work and the young male leaders making a difference.

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