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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Complications from unsafe abortion remain high globally:  new study findings

Roughly seven million women were treated in the developing world for complications from unsafe abortion in 2012, according to a new study by Susheela Singh and Isaac Maddow-Zimet, researchers at the Guttmacher Institute. Not only is the ... More »

Monday, August 17, 2015

Nepal to provide free abortion services at public health facilities

In a major step forward for women’s access to safe abortion care, the government of Nepal recently announced that abortion services will be available free of charge at public health facilities. Abortion has been legal in Nepal since ... More »

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Members of Congress call for easing restrictions on abortion in U.S. foreign aid

Members of the U.S. Congress today released a letter sent to President Barack Obama, urging him to loosen restrictions on safe abortion care in U.S. foreign assistance, known as the Helms Amendment. The letter, signed by Reps. Eliot Engel ... More »

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The youth-friendly corner: Where all young people find safe, respectful health care

At Matero Reference Health Center in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, dedicated young volunteers staff the youth-friendly corner—a private space where young people come for counseling on sexual and reproductive health topics, ... More »

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Short film highlights youth-led group’s work to fight sexual abuse with education

A new video by Ipas Central America highlights the work of a youth-led collective in Nicaragua to prevent and combat sexual abuse through training workshops with teachers, students, parents and the media. Ipas began supporting the ... More »

Monday, August 3, 2015

Ipas stands with Planned Parenthood

At this moment there are women around the world who need basic reproductive health care, but who have few options in health care providers. In the United States, Planned Parenthood has been an essential part of the network of reproductive ... More »

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New guidelines from WHO on health worker roles in abortion care

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 ... More »

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Malawi Law Commission Calls for Liberalized Law on Abortion

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 ... More »

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NGOs to Obama: Helms Amendment Hurts Women in Kenya

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 ... More »

Thursday, July 2, 2015

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

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 ... More »

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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

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 ... More »

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Meet the expert: Global health systems guidance, curricula and service delivery tools

Katherine L. Turner, MPH, Ipas senior health systems advisor, heads a multi-disciplinary team to develop, review and update Ipas’s global health systems guidance, training curricula and service delivery tools. For over a decade, ... More »

Monday, June 22, 2015

Uganda adopts standards and guidelines to combat unsafe abortion

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 ... More »

Monday, June 15, 2015

John Hetherington to join Ipas as new President and CEO

The Ipas Board of Directors is pleased to appoint John D. Hetherington as the next President and CEO.  Currently the Managing Director of Population Services International/Europe (PSI), Mr. Hetherington has a wealth of leadership ... More »

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Advocates welcome legislation to block Global Gag Rule

Ipas welcomed the announcement today that U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) has introduced the 2015 Global Democracy Promotion Act. This act is intended to permanently block the Global Gag Rule, a policy that denies U.S. international family ... More »

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ipas mHealth projects explore new ways to expand access to comprehensive abortion care

When “Youth+Tech+Health Live 2015” convened in San Francisco last month, bringing together youth advocates and technology and health experts from around the world, Ipas and partners were on hand to put sexual and reproductive ... More »

Friday, May 15, 2015

Safe and legal abortion must be part of global health strategy

On May 5, the United Nations Secretary General released the Zero Draft of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health Round 2 (May-June 2015). While the document acknowledges high numbers of ... More »

Thursday, May 7, 2015

After massive quake, Ipas Nepal country staff safe

In the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, Ipas is relieved to report that all members of the Ipas Nepal country team are safe. “Our hearts go out to the people of Nepal, who are struggling bravely in ... More »

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

#NereaSpeaks: pop song generates public discussion of abortion in Kenya

Kenyan pop band Sauti Sol has been at the top of the charts with their song "Nerea." In the song, a man is asking his pregnant girlfriend not to have an abortion, arguing that their child could be the next Mandela or President Obama. ... More »

Monday, May 4, 2015

Midwives matter

This year, on International Day of the Midwife, we salute midwives and their commitment to provide full spectrum care for women—throughout their reproductive lives. The International Confederation of Midwives supports ... More »

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