Grantee name: Ipas
Mission: Founded in 1973, Ipas is a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion. Through local, national and global partnerships, Ipas works to ensure that women can obtain safe, respectful and comprehensive abortion care, including counseling and contraception to prevent future unintended pregnancies.
Ipas believes that:
Every woman has a right to safe reproductive health choices, including safe abortion care.
No woman should have to risk her life, her health, her fertility, her well-being or the well-being of her family because she lacks reproductive health care.
Women everywhere must have the opportunity to determine their futures, care for their families and manage their fertility.
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, USA
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/IpasOrg
Channel Grants: In 2016 Channel made a grant to Ipas to continue supporting the provision of small grants and capacity building to Ipas community-based partners working on a variety of reproductive rights issues including understanding and reducing abortion-related stigma, and on increasing women’s access to safe abortion services and running informational hotlines. (2016)
In 2015 Channel made a grant to Ipas for the purposes of providing small grants and capacity building to its community-based partners around the globe who are working on a variety of reproductive rights issues including understanding and reducing abortion-related stigma, and on increasing women’s access to safe abortion services and running informational hotlines. (2015)
In 2013 Channel made a grant to Ipas for the purposes of supporting its small grants and capacity building program. Ipas supported its community-based partners TICAH in Kenya, and the Centre for Girls and Interaction (CEGI) in Malawi for training on running a confidential sexual and reproductive health hotline. (2013)
In 2012 Channel made a grant to Ipas for the purposes of supporting its small grants program whereby it sustains community-based partners in various countries who are working on understanding and reducing abortion-related stigma and on increasing access to safe medical abortion and on providing accompaniment. Ipas supported two community-based partners in Kenya, the Kisumu Medical Education Trust (KMET), and the Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH). (2012)
Between 2008 and 2011 Channel made annual grants to continue supporting a public education and media and communications campaign by Ipas concerning the defense of women’s reproductive and sexual health and rights in Nicaragua. (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) Channel expanded its support to similar work in El Salvador in 2011.
In 2007 Channel made a grant to support Ipas to disseminate accurate information on reproductive health and rights in Nicaragua. (2007)
Photo courtesy of Ipas, Managua office staff.
News: In 2013 a group of over 130 independent experts ranked Ipas as one of the top rated organizations working in the field of reproductive health, rights, and justice on Philanthropedia, a division of Guidestar.
On July 27, 2009 Amnesty International released a report "The Total Abortion Ban in Nicaragua: Women's Lives and Health Endangered, Medical Professionals Criminalized."
In 2008 Ipas helped develop a television spot video where Central American celebrities Kathia Cardenal, Moises Gadea, Clara Grum, Elsa Basil, and Augusto Mejia describe why they support therapeutic abortion.
In October 2007, Human Rights Watch released a report "Over Their Dead Bodies: Denial of Access to Emergency Obstetric Care and Therapeutic Abortion in Nicaragua."
Watch two public service announcements from the campaign (in Spanish)