New guidelines from WHO on health worker roles in abortion care

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Health Worker Roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception is now available online from the World Health Organization (WHO).  The guidelines provide recommendations for expanding of health worker roles in the provision of safe abortion care, the management of complications of abortion, including postabortion care and emergency obstetric care, and for ...

Malawi Law Commission Calls for Liberalized Law on Abortion

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The final findings of a two-year review of the Malawi abortion law were unveiled on Friday by the Malawi Law Commission, a body comprised of representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Judiciary, faith and traditional leaders, the Law Society, the Ministry of Justice and the Malawi College of Medicine. Citing the high incidence of maternal mortality in Malawi due to unsafe abortion, the Law ...

NGOs to Obama: Helms Amendment Hurts Women in Kenya

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Leading up to a scheduled visit by President Barack Obama to Kenya this week, 71 U.S.-based NGOs have written the President a letter asking him to learn more while he is there about the impact of restrictive U.S. policies on women’s health and human rights.  Unsafe abortion is a significant cause of maternal deaths in Kenya, and health facilities treat 125,000 of women each year for ...

Ipas honors President and CEO Liz Maguire’s 40-year career in women’s health and rights

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Ipas celebrated its President and CEO Liz Maguire, devoted leader of 16 years, at a reception on June 24 in Washington, DC. Liz is retiring in July, and friends and colleagues from her career spanning 40 years of work to improve women’s health and lives honored her by sharing stories, photos and mementos. Ipas is honoring Liz’s legacy with the creation of the Maguire Fellowship for Young ...

Changing the world: panel discusses 50 years of U.S. family planning assistance

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

On Friday, June 26th, Ipas President and CEO, Elizabeth Maguire, participated in a panel marking the 50th anniversary of the U.S. international family planning program, recognized as one of the most effective programs in U.S. foreign aid.  The panel was hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Washington-based research and policy institution chartered by the U.S. Congress.  The speakers ...

Uganda adopts standards and guidelines to combat unsafe abortion

Monday, June 22, 2015

With abortion-related causes accounting for an estimated 26 percent of maternal mortality in Uganda, the country’s Ministry of Health has approved national standards and guidelines aimed at reducing deaths and injuries caused by unsafe abortion. They will be implemented in health facilities across Uganda and are designed to improve the health system’s capacity to deliver safe ...