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.

Just a quarter of Malian girls complete secondary school. Aminata Sonogo is determined that an early pregnancy won't get in the way of her completing her education, despite the stigma she faces.
It’s a real event when the AMPPF mobile clinic rolls into town once a month in Bamako, Mali. It plays a vital role in allowing people living in poorly serviced areas to access sexual and reproductive health services, and reliable information safely.
Abdoulaye Camara is the best dancer in the neighbourhood, and he’s not afraid to show it. Abdoulaye’s moves aren't just for fun. He's head of the dance troupe of the Youth Action Movement, belonging to the Association Malienne pour la Protection et la Promotion de la Famille, which uses dance and comedy sketches to talk about sex.
Mariame Doumbia is a midwife who, provides family planning and sexual health services to Malians in and around the capital. Funding for her role was cut for some time because of the Global Gag Rule – but she's back to doing what she loves most: helping young people.
23-year-old Fatoumata joined the Youth Action Movement in 2018. Since then, she's been involved in projects to help young people understand their sexual rights and health. Periods, teenage pregnancy, female genital mutilation (FGM) – no topic is off-limits for Fatoumata.
AMPPF lost $1,500,000 of funding as a result of the reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule (GGR). The results of this policy change were immediate and devastating in Mali. The situation turned around with Canadian government funds to the SheDecides project, which has helped fill the gap left by GGR.
In 2017, the Association Malienne pour la Protection et la Promotion de la Famille (AMPPF), was hit hard by the reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule (GGR). The impact was swift and devastating – depleted budgets meant that AMPPF had to cut back on key staff and suspend education activities and community healthcare provision. The situation turned around with funding from the Canadian Government supporting the SheDecides project, filling the gap left by GGR. AMPPF has been able to employ staff ensuring their team can reach the most vulnerable clients who would otherwise be left without access to sexual healthcare and increase their outreach to youth.
The International Planned Parenthood Federation welcomes the news of the removal of abortion care from South Korea’s Criminal Code effective from 1 January 2021. This means those seeking abortion care will no longer face legal barriers in accessing care.
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The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) welcomes the news of a historic decision by the Senate of the Republic of Argentina approving a national law on legal, safe and free abortion. The law will allow all women and adolescents access to abortion care for up to 14 weeks of pregnancy.