Ipas has a global mission to train health care providers to provide abortion services safely and advocate for improvements in the policy environment for abortion provision. This support would provide the resources necessary for Ipas to develop a new strategy for Francophone West Africa, where abortion provision is highly restricted and the quality of services available to women who might qualify as very poor. Ipas’s strategy for Francophone West Africa will consider which countries might have governments and civil society supportive to addressing the issue of unsafe abortion; identify potential clinical, research, and advocacy partners; and assess potential sources of funding for their work in the region.
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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.