Ipas to fund innovative research on women’s use of medical abortion in South Africa

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ipas announces two small grant awards that are funding innovative research in South Africa attempting to better understand the safety and prevalence of women using medical abortion (abortion with pills) outside the formal health system. Women around the world who face barriers to abortion care—such as restrictive laws, abortion-related stigma, and limited financial resources—are increasingly ...

The power of young health-care professionals

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

On International Youth Day, our hats are off to committed young health-care providers, like these six winners of Ipas's Young Midwives Contest, who advocate for women's access to safe abortion care.

Hear personal stories from each of them on the experiences that inspired them to support women's right to a full spectrum of reproductive health care.

International Youth Day 2014

Midwives Matter: Spotlight on Ifeoma Akaniro

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Several years ago an experience set the course for Ifeoma Akaniro, a midwifery student in Nigeria. Her own unsafe abortion led her to the care of a midwife—one who she says not only saved her life but did it without judgment. Her story begins in school—where peer pressure motivated her to get involved with a boy. She got pregnant and sought a clandestine abortion, based on ...

Midwives Matter: Spotlight on Nimatu Salifu

Monday, August 11, 2014

Nimatu Salifu is a midwife in Ghana. In Ghana, abortion is legally permitted for many reasons but many women aren’t aware of the law—and stigma still surrounds abortion in many communities. So when a neighbor came frantically knocking on her door one day asking for help because her daughter was bleeding heavily, Nimatu knew to ask the girl privately about abortion. The girl had ...

Midwives Matter: Spotlight on Oluwabunmi Ogungbe

Friday, August 08, 2014

When Oluwabunmi Ogungbe (Victoria) was a student working in a hospital in Nigeria, a young girl’s death had a profound effect on her—personally and professionally as a midwife. “The midwife told me that it was a case of septic abortion and she was brought to emergency unit … her condition wasn’t good.” There was an attitude, Victoria explains, amongst the hospital staff, that “the girl had done ...

Midwives Matter: Spotlight on Oladayo Afolabi

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Oladayo Afolabi was posted in Northern Nigeria during part of his midwifery training. When a young woman came to the clinic, having had an unsafe abortion, he and his colleagues had to decide what to do—they had to consider the restrictive law in Nigeria and the cultural norms that made it risky to treat an unchaperoned young woman. “She had met a boy in school but he had raped her ...