Ipas is working to ensure that abortion remains an essential health service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic is creating many barriers to abortion care—and some politicians are shamefully using it as a reason to deny reproductive rights.

You can help us guarantee that women still have the power to make their own reproductive health choices during this extremely challenging time. Our COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund supports innovative, fast-moving work that our teams are rolling out as we learn more about the pandemic’s impact on abortion care and how we can help.

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During the pandemic, Ipas is working to:

  • expand telemedicine services that include abortion with pills
  • ensure that women can self-manage an abortion with pills—and have what they need to do so safely
  • ensure governments identify abortion as an essential health service and protect access to care
  • support public health systems and abortion providers with the information, training and supplies they need to safely offer abortion and contraceptive care
  • connect community-based groups and women with information on how to safely navigate lockdowns and other challenges to find needed reproductive health care.

Protecting abortion access in Kenya

Monica Oguttu, founder and executive director of the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust

We are exploring ways to reach the most women to offer support and correct reproductive health information through our toll-free line, and we’re working to offer services remotely, including comprehensive abortion care.”

MONICA OGUTTU, Ipas board member, founder and executive director of the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust, which works to promote maternal, child and family health in Kenya and East and Central Africa

‘Mobilizing with one voice’ in Pakistan

In partnership with government health officials, Ipas Pakistan has developed messages about postabortion care and contraception during COVID-19 that are being disseminated via WhatsApp to more than 1,600 Lady Health Workers throughout the country. Lady Health Workers are community-based and play a crucial role in connecting women to the public health facilities, particularly in Pakistan’s rural areas.

“We are mobilizing with one voice to make sure there is continuity of safe abortion, postabortion and contraceptive services during this challenging situation,” says Dr. Ghulam Shabbir Awan, director of Ipas Pakistan.

Dr. Ghulam Shabbir Awan, director of Ipas Pakistan

Why support Ipas during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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, to connect women with vital information so they can access services, and to advocate for safe, legal abortion. We have almost 50 years of experience partnering with health systems, community-based groups and abortion rights advocates to expand and improve abortion care—including in crisis settings like the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh.

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