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.
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for support of Ipas' regional strategy in Francophone West Africa
This program grant will support Ipas’ Francophone Africa regional program to improve access to quality abortion services. Since the office was established in 2015, Ipas has become a leading and established presence in the region, working closely with governments, advocates, and clinicians to advance abortion access and reproductive rights. Their approach is holistic, adapting their programming to the abortion ecosystem in each country. This grant is aligned with the Global Reproductive Equity strategy outcomes to strengthen the sexual and reproductive health ecosystem and to support legalization and access to safe abortion in Francophone West Africa.