Maternal health

Every day some 830 women die from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth. Many more have serious injuries or long-lasting consequences. 

IPPF works around the world to improve maternal health through our clinics and outreach services and by training health workers, improving the availability of essential medicines and strengthening health systems.

The foundation of public interest civil society organizations’ (CSOs) work within the governing body meetings of the World Health Organization (WHO) is recognized in Articles 18, 33 and 71 of the WHO Constitution and subsequent Basic Documents.[1] More recently, the ...
IPPF's response to Tonga’s volcano crisis, and why being locally owned puts IPPF on the front foot to respond during COVID-19.

Emergency Appeal: Tonga

IPPF's Member Association in Tonga, the Tonga Family Health Association is responding to the sexual and reproductive health needs of those affected by the tsunami. Please consider donating to our Emergency Appeal to ensure we can reach those in need.
Dr Gisele Nyamalibu is a local health worker in the DRC, currently leading the humanitarian response in Bukavu following the volcanic eruption in Goma. Driven by her passion to provide crucial sexual and reproductive healthcare, she spends her time servicing the refugee community.
There are more young people in the world than ever before. With this in mind, sex education is critical for young people to realizing and claiming their human rights. See what it looks like when it's done well.
In a major win for women’s reproductive rights, Ghana’s National Health Insurance Program has expanded to include free long-term contraception from 1 January 2022.
An estimated 64% of Pakistan’s population is under the age of 30, and the country now has more young people than it has in its history. In light of this, it is important that health policies are in place that can effectively respond to the needs of Pakistani youth.
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In line with the IPPF Humanitarian Strategy 2018–2022, we present promising practices to guide IPPF Member Associations and partners in the provision of CSE, specifically when operating in protracted humanitarian crisis environments and call the humanitarian community to action to ...
On 13 December 2021, the Lebanese Association for Family Health (SALAMA) hosted a closing ceremony of its Japan Trust Fund project, "Reducing maternal mortality and morbidity related to reproductive health among Syrian refugees and the Lebanese host communities in the Bekaa".
2021 presented significant challenges to public health – but progress has been made in many areas too. Here we reflect on the advances and setbacks made globally this year in abortion care, LGBTI+ rights, contraception, and gender equality.