This grant would allow Ipas to test a new model for increasing the availability of quality reproductive health and safe abortion services for young women in Zambia and Sierra Leone. In Zambia, Ipas will focus on community activities designed to ensure that young women have the knowledge, skills, social support, and care in their communities to prevent and manage unwanted pregnancies. In Sierra Leone, Ipas will strengthen links between communities and health facilities and increase the capacity of the public health sector to provide quality reproductive health services for young women, including post-abortion care and post-abortion family planning.
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Throughout its nearly forty-year history, which includes twenty-five years of support from the Hewlett Foundation, Ipas has worked with health systems and policymakers to promote a public health approach to unsafe abortion, a major threat to women’s health and lives. With this unrestricted funding, Ipas would continue to increase women’s ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights worldwide by training health providers and advocating for policies that permit the provision of safe abortion. Africa is Ipas’s highest-priority region, as the risk of death from unsafe abortion in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa is higher than in any other region in the world. According to the World Health Organization, about half the world’s deaths from unsafe abortion each year occur in sub-Saharan Africa.