Ipas

For Support Of The Francophone Africa Safe Abortion Network

Overview
This grant to Ipas will support the establishment of an action network for safe abortion in Francophone West Africa. Following the Hewlett Foundation-supported convening of safe abortion champions in December 2019, the foundation and other stakeholders decided to establish a regional movement for safe abortion with a small staff to support the work of national coalitions. The network will convene and coordinate efforts within and across countries and support cross-learning and advocacy for all aspects of safe abortion programming. This grant will be co-funded by the Packard Foundation and the Foundation for a Just Society International and is aligned with the International Reproductive Health substrategy to end unsafe abortion in Francophone West Africa.
About the Grantee
Grantee Website
www.ipas.org 
Address
P.O. Box 9990, Chapel Hill, NC, 27515, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support  
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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