Mission: Ipas is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that works globally to increase women's ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights and to reduce abortion-related deaths and injuries. We seek to expand the availability, quality and sustainability of abortion and related reproductive-health services, as well as to improve the enabling environment. Ipas believes that no woman should have to risk her life or health because she lacks safe reproductive-health choices.
Programs: Enhanced health system access - comprehensive abortion care (cac), including contraception, is integrated into organized health systems and utilized by women. Throughout fiscal year 2014, ipas continued to play a global leadership role supporting partners around the world in expanding access to comprehensive abortion care which includes: treatment of complications from unsafe abortion; provision of family planning; and provision of safe abortion care. As a result, more women are getting the care they need, quality of care is high, and abortion services are available more often in women's communities. Following are selected key results in enhancing health system access: (continued on schedule o)-in fy14 498,031 women received safe abortion care in 3,569 performing ipas intervention sites in 17 countries where ipas trained health providers, provided technical assistance, and supported infrastructure upgrades. -78% of the women receiving abortion procedures at ipas intervention sites received a modern contraception method before discharge. -womancare global international, a key ipas partner in our efforts to achieve sustainable supplies of abortion technologies and contraceptive commodities, distributed 128,584 manual vacuum aspiration (mva) aspirators and 1,159,631 cannulae globally.
increased community access - women have knowledge, skills, social support, and sources of care in their communities to make and act upon their reproductive decisions. Ipas builds women's and community leaders' capacity to address stigma, discrimination, power imbalances and the marginalization of women - all of which contribute to poor reproductive health outcomes and limit women's access to quality services. We also support community-led solutions to the problems of unsafe abortion and other public health issues. Our community strategies include efforts to expand women's - particularly young women - knowledge, skills and ability to prevent unwanted pregnancies and access safe abortions, identify and mitigate barriers to abortion information and care, (continued on schedule o)strengthen communities' ability to prevent unwanted pregnancies, decrease unsafe abortions and increase access to comprehensive abortion information, care and services as a basic human right in fiscal year 2014:-ipas-supported interventions to promote women's knowledge, skills, social support and ability to obtain safe abortion care reached 635,590 women in 15 countries, in collaboration with 163 community groups.
improved policy environment - the policy, legislation and rights environment supports access to comprehensive abortion and prevention of unwanted pregnancy. Ipas supports the right of each woman to control her own sexuality, fertility, health and well-being. To enable woman to make these personal decisions, ipas works with advocates and policymakers around the world to implement laws and policies that support that right where laws restrict abortion or where services are limited, women often risk their lives to end unwanted pregnancies. -ipas provided technical support to local partners resulting in policy changes or progress toward improved policies in more than a dozen countries. (continued on schedule o)-ipas advocated in global and regional meetings for women's sexual and reproductive health and rights. Ipas research provided evidence to donors and policymakers about the magnitude and costs of unsafe abortion and the optimal approaches for providing safe abortion care.
other program services - in fiscal year 2014, ipas provided technical support and communicated materials and information widely to global and country partners worldwide through events and meetings, a range of print and electronic media, and social networks. The organization has continued to place an increased priority on addressing the needs of young women who are at the highest risk of death and injury from unsafe abortion.