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An exploration of the socio-economic profile of women and costs of receiving abortion services at public health facilities of Madhya Pradesh, India
April 6, 2017
Background: Maternal mortality, which primarily burdens developing countries, reflects the greatest health divide between rich and poor. This is especially pronounced for access to safe abortion services which alone avert 1 of every 10 maternal deaths in India. Primarily due to confidentiality concerns, poor women in I...Read More
Evaluating the relative effectiveness of high-intensity and low-intensity models of behaviour change communication interventions for abortion care-seeking in Bihar and Jharkhand, India: a cross-sectional study
March 6, 2017
This study aimed to compare the effectiveness of a high-intensity model (HIM) and a low-intensity model (LIM) of behaviour change communication interventions in Bihar and Jharkhand states of India designed to improve women’s knowledge and usage of safe abortion services, as well as the dose effect of intervention...Read More
Abortion Laws in India - a Review of Court Cases
February 1, 2017
This report aims to clarify provisions of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, to highlight contradictions and gaps in the MTP Act and related laws, including the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act, and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act, a...Read More
National Consultation on Comprehensive Abortion Care for Women: A Brief Report
May 3, 2016
The National Consultation on Comprehensive Abortion Care for Women was convened by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Ipas India on 15 and 16 February, 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Over 180 national and state government representatives, technical officers, and civil society partners came togethe...Read More
Associations between abortion services and acceptance of postabortion contraception in six Indian states
December 1, 2015
Women having induced abortions or receiving postabortion care are at high risk of subsequent unintended pregnancy, and intervals of less than six months between abortion and subsequent pregnancy may be associated with adverse outcomes. We highlight the prevalence of postabortion contraceptive acceptance among women who...Read More
Ipas Development Foundation Annual Report 2014-2015
November 23, 2015
In FY15, April 1, 2014 to March 30, 2015, Ipas Development Foundation (IDF) underwent an expansion in our scope, geographically and thematically. Most of our resources continued to go toward ensuring access to comprehensive abortion care (CAC); we expanded our program interventions and worked closely with the governmen...Read More
How prepared are young, rural women in India to address their sexual and reproductive health needs? a cross-sectional assessment of youth in Jharkhand
November 23, 2015
Young, rural Indian women lack sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and agency and are at risk of negative sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Youth-focused interventions have been shown to improve agency and self-efficacy of young women to make decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health....Read More
Accreditation of Private Sector Health Facilities for Provision of Comprehensive Abortion Care Services: An Initiative of the Government of Bihar
September 11, 2015
Recognizing the need to increase access to safe abortion services to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, in 2011 the Government of Bihar developed a new mechanism of accrediting and subsidizing private health care facilities. The program, Yukti Yojana (“a scheme for solution”), accredits eligible healt...Read More
Expanding the Provider Base for Abortion Care: Findings and Recommendations from an Assessment of Pre-Service Training Needs and Opportunities in India
September 11, 2015
In 2012, Ipas undertook an assessment in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan to determine the specific needs and gaps in the pre-service education systems for midlevel providers and to identify opportunities, strategies and recommendations for creating more equitable access to safe abortion care. Sources for the pre-...Read More
Are young women in India prepared to deal with sexual and reproductive health issues? A case study of Jharkhand, India
February 20, 2014
Young Indian women often face social, economic, logistical, policy and health system barriers when accessing sexual and reproductive health services, including safe abortion care.  A cross-sectional household survey was conducted in July – August 2012 in Jharkhand, India. We interviewed 1,381 young women (15...Read More
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