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Abla Abassa, community health worker in Ilama gives Essivi Koutchona, 45, the injectable in Ilama village, Togo.
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| 07 December 2021

IPPF position paper: Universal health coverage and sexual and reproductive health and rights

IPPF’s vision is of a world where all people are free to make choices about their sexuality and well‑being, without discrimination. This position paper articulates IPPF’s priorities in relation to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and aims to provide guidance for IPPF Member Associations (MAs) and the Federation at large. It was produced through a consultation process involving representatives from MAs and IPPF’s Secretariat through workshop discussions, key informant interviews, and document reviews. The paper is not meant to be a detailed, operational ‘how to’ tool. Instead, it intends to strengthen IPPF MAs’ and other organizations’ understanding of evidence‑based approaches to scaling up and/or institutionalizing access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and care within a UHC framework. It also highlights key entry points to lead and support such approaches. This position paper is available below in English, French, and Spanish. 

Abla Abassa, community health worker in Ilama gives Essivi Koutchona, 45, the injectable in Ilama village, Togo.
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| 24 May 2022

IPPF position paper: Universal health coverage and sexual and reproductive health and rights

IPPF’s vision is of a world where all people are free to make choices about their sexuality and well‑being, without discrimination. This position paper articulates IPPF’s priorities in relation to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and aims to provide guidance for IPPF Member Associations (MAs) and the Federation at large. It was produced through a consultation process involving representatives from MAs and IPPF’s Secretariat through workshop discussions, key informant interviews, and document reviews. The paper is not meant to be a detailed, operational ‘how to’ tool. Instead, it intends to strengthen IPPF MAs’ and other organizations’ understanding of evidence‑based approaches to scaling up and/or institutionalizing access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and care within a UHC framework. It also highlights key entry points to lead and support such approaches. This position paper is available below in English, French, and Spanish. 

A positive pregnancy test
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| 03 November 2021

A história do aborto de Ada

A história do aborto de AdaAcompanhe Ada para descobrir sua história. Como muitas pessoas, ela acabou de descobrir que está grávida, mas não tem condições de cuidar de outra criança. Ela decidiu fazer um aborto. Quais serão suas opções e o que ela escolherá? Reserve alguns minutos hoje para conhecer sua jornada e clique aqui para começar ...Seu nome é Ada. Você descobriu que está grávida, mas você não tem condições de cuidar de outra criança. Você decidiu fazer um aborto.O que você faz?Na internet, você descobre a https://safe2choose.org/pt/. No site, você lê sobre a atenção ao aborto disponível em seu país e sobre outras pessoas que também fizeram um aborto. Você também encontra um número de telefone gratuito de uma associação membra da IPPF em seu país que oferece informações e apoio para abortar.Você decide de:Você liga para sua amiga Maryam, que te conta que conhece muitas mulheres que fizeram um ou mais abortos. Ela diz que ela mesma fez dois. Ela dá conselhos sobre como encontrar informações online e também sobre a clínica onde ela fez seus abortos.Você decide de:Falar com uma conselheira safe2choose por chat ao vivo, ela te oferece aconselhamento confidencial e sem julgamento em seu idioma, gratuitamente. Você descobre que existem dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você: • Um procedimento no hospital denominado aspiração manual intrauterina (AMIU), que inclui o uso de um dispositivo de sucção para remover a gravidez. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 13 semanas de gestação e leva cerca de 10 a 15 minutos. • Um aborto medicamentoso, que consiste em tomar comprimidos para induzir um aborto. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 12 a 13 semanas de gestação e pode ser feita na clínica ou em casa.Você decide de:Você fala com um serviço de saúde membro da IPPF, que oferece aconselhamento confidencial e sem julgamento sobre suas opções. Lá, te explicam os dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você, que as conselheiras da safe2choose também haviam explicado - aborto medicamentoso com pílulas e aspiração manual a vácuo (AMIU).Você decide de:Elas explicam dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você: • Um procedimento clínico conhecido como aspiração manual intrauterina (AMIU) que é realizado com um dispositivo de sucção que serve para remover a gravidez. Esta opção é comumente usada até 13 semanas de gestação e dura cerca de 10 a 15 minutos. • Um aborto medicamentoso que envolve a ingestão de comprimidos para provocar o aborto. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 12 ou 13 semanas de gestação e pode ser realizada na clínica ou em casa.Você decide de:On the internet, you discover safe2choose.org and read on their website about available abortion care in your country and about others who have also had an abortion. You speak to one of their counsellors by live chat, and she offers confidential and non-judgmental counselling in your language, free of charge.You learn that there are two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks in-clinic or up to 12 weeks at home.You decide to:Você fez a escolha que melhor se adapta às suas necessidades e situação, e foi apoiada durante todo o processo. A safe2choose.org e a IPPF oferecem informações, apoio e uma gama de opções para o atendimento ao aborto centrado na pessoa e baseado em direitos para todas as pessoas, independentemente de sua idade, religião, nacionalidade ou classe social. A equipe de conselheiras internacionais da safe2choose está aqui para apoiar durante todo o processo, a qualquer momento. A IPPF oferece atendimento ao aborto de qualidade e sem julgamento através de clínicas locais, atendimento baseado na comunidade, aconselhamento remoto e apoio ao aborto medicamentoso autogerido.Para obter mais informações, por faor visite os seguintes sites:• Informações de safe2choose sobre abortamento medicamentoso e aspiração manual a vácuo (AMIU)• Vídeos curtos da IPPF sobre aborto médico e aspiração manual a vácuo (AMIU)• Marcas de pílulas abortivas disponíveis em cada país - safe2choose information and MedAb.orgVocê conversa com uma parteira em uma clínica membra da IPPF que oferece aconselhamento confidencial e sem julgamentos sobre suas opções. Ela te explica dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você: • Um procedimento clínico, chamado aspiração manual intrauterina (AMIU), que inclui o uso de dispositivo de sucção para remover a gravidez. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 13 semanas de gestação e leva cerca de 10 a 15 minutos. • Um aborto medicamentoso, que consiste em tomar comprimidos para induzir um aborto. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 12 a 13 semanas de gestação e pode ser feita na clínica ou em casa.Você decide de:You've made the choice that best suits your needs and situation, and you've been supported to do so throughout the process.Abortions are very common and one of the safest medical procedures when done under the right conditions and with the right information. Everyone regardless of their age, religion, nationality or social class deserves access to a safe abortion. safe2choose.org and IPPF offer information, support and a range of options for person-centred and rights-based abortion care.safe2choose's team of international counsellors are here to support you throughout the process at anytime.Você fala com uma pessoa da clínica membra da IPPF que te proporciona aconselhamento confidencial, sem julgamento, sobre suas opções. Ela te explica que há dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você: • Um procedimento no hospital chamado aspiração manual intrauterina (AMIU) que envolve o uso de um dispositivo de sucção para remover a gravidez. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 13 semanas de gestação e leva de 10 a 15 minutos. • Um aborto medicamentoso que consiste na ingestão de pílulas para induzir o aborto. Esta opção, geralmente oferecida até 12 a 13 semanas de gestação, pode ser realizada na clínica ou em casa.Você decide de: Also available in English, French, and Spanish

A positive pregnancy test
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| 03 November 2021

A história do aborto de Ada

A história do aborto de AdaAcompanhe Ada para descobrir sua história. Como muitas pessoas, ela acabou de descobrir que está grávida, mas não tem condições de cuidar de outra criança. Ela decidiu fazer um aborto. Quais serão suas opções e o que ela escolherá? Reserve alguns minutos hoje para conhecer sua jornada e clique aqui para começar ...Seu nome é Ada. Você descobriu que está grávida, mas você não tem condições de cuidar de outra criança. Você decidiu fazer um aborto.O que você faz?Na internet, você descobre a https://safe2choose.org/pt/. No site, você lê sobre a atenção ao aborto disponível em seu país e sobre outras pessoas que também fizeram um aborto. Você também encontra um número de telefone gratuito de uma associação membra da IPPF em seu país que oferece informações e apoio para abortar.Você decide de:Você liga para sua amiga Maryam, que te conta que conhece muitas mulheres que fizeram um ou mais abortos. Ela diz que ela mesma fez dois. Ela dá conselhos sobre como encontrar informações online e também sobre a clínica onde ela fez seus abortos.Você decide de:Falar com uma conselheira safe2choose por chat ao vivo, ela te oferece aconselhamento confidencial e sem julgamento em seu idioma, gratuitamente. Você descobre que existem dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você: • Um procedimento no hospital denominado aspiração manual intrauterina (AMIU), que inclui o uso de um dispositivo de sucção para remover a gravidez. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 13 semanas de gestação e leva cerca de 10 a 15 minutos. • Um aborto medicamentoso, que consiste em tomar comprimidos para induzir um aborto. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 12 a 13 semanas de gestação e pode ser feita na clínica ou em casa.Você decide de:Você fala com um serviço de saúde membro da IPPF, que oferece aconselhamento confidencial e sem julgamento sobre suas opções. Lá, te explicam os dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você, que as conselheiras da safe2choose também haviam explicado - aborto medicamentoso com pílulas e aspiração manual a vácuo (AMIU).Você decide de:Elas explicam dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você: • Um procedimento clínico conhecido como aspiração manual intrauterina (AMIU) que é realizado com um dispositivo de sucção que serve para remover a gravidez. Esta opção é comumente usada até 13 semanas de gestação e dura cerca de 10 a 15 minutos. • Um aborto medicamentoso que envolve a ingestão de comprimidos para provocar o aborto. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 12 ou 13 semanas de gestação e pode ser realizada na clínica ou em casa.Você decide de:On the internet, you discover safe2choose.org and read on their website about available abortion care in your country and about others who have also had an abortion. You speak to one of their counsellors by live chat, and she offers confidential and non-judgmental counselling in your language, free of charge.You learn that there are two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks in-clinic or up to 12 weeks at home.You decide to:Você fez a escolha que melhor se adapta às suas necessidades e situação, e foi apoiada durante todo o processo. A safe2choose.org e a IPPF oferecem informações, apoio e uma gama de opções para o atendimento ao aborto centrado na pessoa e baseado em direitos para todas as pessoas, independentemente de sua idade, religião, nacionalidade ou classe social. A equipe de conselheiras internacionais da safe2choose está aqui para apoiar durante todo o processo, a qualquer momento. A IPPF oferece atendimento ao aborto de qualidade e sem julgamento através de clínicas locais, atendimento baseado na comunidade, aconselhamento remoto e apoio ao aborto medicamentoso autogerido.Para obter mais informações, por faor visite os seguintes sites:• Informações de safe2choose sobre abortamento medicamentoso e aspiração manual a vácuo (AMIU)• Vídeos curtos da IPPF sobre aborto médico e aspiração manual a vácuo (AMIU)• Marcas de pílulas abortivas disponíveis em cada país - safe2choose information and MedAb.orgVocê conversa com uma parteira em uma clínica membra da IPPF que oferece aconselhamento confidencial e sem julgamentos sobre suas opções. Ela te explica dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você: • Um procedimento clínico, chamado aspiração manual intrauterina (AMIU), que inclui o uso de dispositivo de sucção para remover a gravidez. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 13 semanas de gestação e leva cerca de 10 a 15 minutos. • Um aborto medicamentoso, que consiste em tomar comprimidos para induzir um aborto. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 12 a 13 semanas de gestação e pode ser feita na clínica ou em casa.Você decide de:You've made the choice that best suits your needs and situation, and you've been supported to do so throughout the process.Abortions are very common and one of the safest medical procedures when done under the right conditions and with the right information. Everyone regardless of their age, religion, nationality or social class deserves access to a safe abortion. safe2choose.org and IPPF offer information, support and a range of options for person-centred and rights-based abortion care.safe2choose's team of international counsellors are here to support you throughout the process at anytime.Você fala com uma pessoa da clínica membra da IPPF que te proporciona aconselhamento confidencial, sem julgamento, sobre suas opções. Ela te explica que há dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você: • Um procedimento no hospital chamado aspiração manual intrauterina (AMIU) que envolve o uso de um dispositivo de sucção para remover a gravidez. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 13 semanas de gestação e leva de 10 a 15 minutos. • Um aborto medicamentoso que consiste na ingestão de pílulas para induzir o aborto. Esta opção, geralmente oferecida até 12 a 13 semanas de gestação, pode ser realizada na clínica ou em casa.Você decide de: Also available in English, French, and Spanish

A pair of breasts
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| 01 October 2021

Breast cancer: what you should know

Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. Globally 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, and with 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with it during their lifetime it is the world’s most prevalent cancer.  However, breast cancer treatment can be highly effective, especially when it is identified early.  Most people affected by breast cancer are women over the age of 50, but younger women can also develop breast cancer. In rare cases, men can also be diagnosed with it. Symptoms There are several symptoms of breast cancer, but what most people notice first is a lump or area of thickened breast tissue. While most breast lumps are not cancerous, it is advisable to always have them checked by a doctor.  Other signs and symptoms include: a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts discharge from either nipple, which may be streaked with blood a lump or swelling in either armpit dimpling on the skin of the breasts a rash on or around the nipple a change in the appearance of the nipple, such as becoming sunken into the breast It is vital that women check their breasts regularly for any changes. Everyone should aim to become familiar with what is normal for them, and if anything changes these must be examined by a doctor. QUICK POLL: Do you regularly check your breasts for abnormal changes?YesNo Causes The exact causes of breast cancer are not fully understood. However, there are certain risk factors – including genetic, lifestyle and environmental ones - that are known to increase the risk of breast cancer. These include: increasing age  a personal or family history of breast cancer a previous diagnosis of breast cancer a previous non-cancerous (benign) breast lump being overweight or obese drinking alcohol Prevention As the causes of breast cancer are not all understood, it's currently not possible to know all the ways to decrease the risk or prevent it. However, changes in daily life may help reduce the risk of breast cancer. These include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and reducing alcohol use. These are particularly important for people who are in any of the risk categories mentioned above.   Screening and diagnosis After examining a person’s breasts, a doctor may refer them to a specialist breast cancer clinic for further tests. This might include breast screening, which will normally either be a mammogram or a breast MRI: a mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. For many women, mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. A mammogram is currently the best way to find breast cancer for most women of screening age. a breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses magnets and radio waves to take pictures of the breast. Breast MRI is used along with mammograms to screen women who are at high risk for getting breast cancer. Because breast MRIs may appear abnormal even when there is no cancer, they are not used for women at average risk. Another method used to diagnose breast cancer may be a biopsy, where a small sample of breast tissue is removed and examined under a microscope. Other diagnostic methods may be used depending on the specific situation. Types of breast cancer There are several different types of breast cancer, which develop in different parts of the breast. Breast cancer is often divided into either: non-invasive breast cancer – found in the ducts of the breast which has not spread into the breast tissue surrounding the ducts. Non-invasive breast cancer is usually found during a mammogram and rarely shows as a breast lump. invasive breast cancer – where the cancer cells have spread through the lining of the ducts into the surrounding breast tissue. This is the most common type of breast cancer. Less common types of breast cancer include: invasive (and pre-invasive) lobular breast cancer inflammatory breast cancer Paget's disease of the breast It's possible for breast cancer to spread to other parts of the body, usually through the blood or the axillary lymph nodes. These are small lymphatic glands that filter bacteria and cells from the mammary gland. If this happens, it's known as secondary, or metastatic, breast cancer. Treatment If cancer is detected at an early stage, it can be treated before it spreads to other parts of the body. Breast cancer is treated using a combination of: surgery (which can include removing the breast cancer ‘lump’, removing lymph nodes, or removing part or all of the breast(s)) chemotherapy (which uses drugs to destroy fast-growing cells, such as cancer cells) radiotherapy (which uses high-powered beams of energy, akin to X-rays, to kill cancer cells) Surgery is usually the first type of treatment a person with breast cancer will have, followed by chemotherapy or radiotherapy or, in some cases, hormone or targeted treatments. In a small proportion of women, breast cancer is discovered after it has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic breast cancer). Secondary cancer, also called advanced or metastatic cancer, is generally not curable, so the aim of treatment is to relieve symptoms. Living with breast cancer Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be very overwhelming, and it can deeply affect a person’s daily life. Everyone is different and will cope with their diagnosis and treatment in various ways. It may help to seek support, which can include:  family and friends who can show empathy, love, and care, and can also help with practical support (such as cooking meals, collecting medication etc) professional mental health services, such as a counselor  communicating with other people in the same situation, including breast cancer survivors finding out as much as possible about your condition to make decisions about your care trying not to do too much or overexerting yourself focusing on self-care Image courtesy of Jessica Dance, who knitted a pair of breasts exclusively for IPPF

A pair of breasts
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| 24 May 2022

Breast cancer: what you should know

Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. Globally 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, and with 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with it during their lifetime it is the world’s most prevalent cancer.  However, breast cancer treatment can be highly effective, especially when it is identified early.  Most people affected by breast cancer are women over the age of 50, but younger women can also develop breast cancer. In rare cases, men can also be diagnosed with it. Symptoms There are several symptoms of breast cancer, but what most people notice first is a lump or area of thickened breast tissue. While most breast lumps are not cancerous, it is advisable to always have them checked by a doctor.  Other signs and symptoms include: a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts discharge from either nipple, which may be streaked with blood a lump or swelling in either armpit dimpling on the skin of the breasts a rash on or around the nipple a change in the appearance of the nipple, such as becoming sunken into the breast It is vital that women check their breasts regularly for any changes. Everyone should aim to become familiar with what is normal for them, and if anything changes these must be examined by a doctor. QUICK POLL: Do you regularly check your breasts for abnormal changes?YesNo Causes The exact causes of breast cancer are not fully understood. However, there are certain risk factors – including genetic, lifestyle and environmental ones - that are known to increase the risk of breast cancer. These include: increasing age  a personal or family history of breast cancer a previous diagnosis of breast cancer a previous non-cancerous (benign) breast lump being overweight or obese drinking alcohol Prevention As the causes of breast cancer are not all understood, it's currently not possible to know all the ways to decrease the risk or prevent it. However, changes in daily life may help reduce the risk of breast cancer. These include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and reducing alcohol use. These are particularly important for people who are in any of the risk categories mentioned above.   Screening and diagnosis After examining a person’s breasts, a doctor may refer them to a specialist breast cancer clinic for further tests. This might include breast screening, which will normally either be a mammogram or a breast MRI: a mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. For many women, mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. A mammogram is currently the best way to find breast cancer for most women of screening age. a breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses magnets and radio waves to take pictures of the breast. Breast MRI is used along with mammograms to screen women who are at high risk for getting breast cancer. Because breast MRIs may appear abnormal even when there is no cancer, they are not used for women at average risk. Another method used to diagnose breast cancer may be a biopsy, where a small sample of breast tissue is removed and examined under a microscope. Other diagnostic methods may be used depending on the specific situation. Types of breast cancer There are several different types of breast cancer, which develop in different parts of the breast. Breast cancer is often divided into either: non-invasive breast cancer – found in the ducts of the breast which has not spread into the breast tissue surrounding the ducts. Non-invasive breast cancer is usually found during a mammogram and rarely shows as a breast lump. invasive breast cancer – where the cancer cells have spread through the lining of the ducts into the surrounding breast tissue. This is the most common type of breast cancer. Less common types of breast cancer include: invasive (and pre-invasive) lobular breast cancer inflammatory breast cancer Paget's disease of the breast It's possible for breast cancer to spread to other parts of the body, usually through the blood or the axillary lymph nodes. These are small lymphatic glands that filter bacteria and cells from the mammary gland. If this happens, it's known as secondary, or metastatic, breast cancer. Treatment If cancer is detected at an early stage, it can be treated before it spreads to other parts of the body. Breast cancer is treated using a combination of: surgery (which can include removing the breast cancer ‘lump’, removing lymph nodes, or removing part or all of the breast(s)) chemotherapy (which uses drugs to destroy fast-growing cells, such as cancer cells) radiotherapy (which uses high-powered beams of energy, akin to X-rays, to kill cancer cells) Surgery is usually the first type of treatment a person with breast cancer will have, followed by chemotherapy or radiotherapy or, in some cases, hormone or targeted treatments. In a small proportion of women, breast cancer is discovered after it has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic breast cancer). Secondary cancer, also called advanced or metastatic cancer, is generally not curable, so the aim of treatment is to relieve symptoms. Living with breast cancer Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be very overwhelming, and it can deeply affect a person’s daily life. Everyone is different and will cope with their diagnosis and treatment in various ways. It may help to seek support, which can include:  family and friends who can show empathy, love, and care, and can also help with practical support (such as cooking meals, collecting medication etc) professional mental health services, such as a counselor  communicating with other people in the same situation, including breast cancer survivors finding out as much as possible about your condition to make decisions about your care trying not to do too much or overexerting yourself focusing on self-care Image courtesy of Jessica Dance, who knitted a pair of breasts exclusively for IPPF

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| 27 September 2021

Ada's abortion journey

Ada's abortion journeyTake a journey with Ada to discover her story. Like many people, she has just found out that she is pregnant, but she cannot afford to raise another child. She has decided to have an abortion. What will her options be, and what will she choose? Take a couple of minutes today to share her journey – click "Start" to begin...Your name is Ada. You've found out you are pregnant, but you cannot afford to raise another child. You have decided to have an abortion.What do you do?On the internet, you discover safe2choose.org and read on their website about available abortion care in your country and about others who have also had an abortion. You also find a toll-free number for an IPPF member association in your country that offers abortion information and support.You decide to:You call your friend Maryam, who explains to you that she knows many women who have had one or more abortions. She tells you that she herself has had two. She gives you advice about how to find information online, and also about the clinic where she had her abortions. You decide to:You speak to a safe2choose counsellor by live chat, and she offers confidential and non-judgmental counselling in your language, free of charge.You learn that there are two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 12 to 13 weeks' gestation and can be managed in clinic or at home.You decide to:You speak to an IPPF member service provider, who offers you confidential and non-judgmental counselling about your options. They explain the two types of abortion available to you, which the safe2choose counsellors had also explained – medical abortion with pills and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA).You decide to:They explain two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 12 to 13 weeks' gestation and can be managed in clinic or at home.You decide to:On the internet, you discover safe2choose.org and read on their website about available abortion care in your country and about others who have also had an abortion. You speak to one of their counsellors by live chat, and she offers confidential and non-judgmental counselling in your language, free of charge.You learn that there are two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks in-clinic or up to 12 weeks at home.You decide to:You've made the choice that best suits your needs and situation, and you've been supported to do so throughout the process. safe2choose.org and IPPF offer information, support and a range of options for person-centred and rights-based abortion care for everyone, regardless of their age, religion, nationality or social class. safe2choose's team of international counselors are here for support throughout the process at anytime. IPPF offers quality and non-judgmental abortion care through static clinics, community-based care, remote counseling, and support for self-managed medical abortion.For further information, please visit the following:• safe2choose's information on medical abortion and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA)• IPPF's short videos on medical abortion and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA)• Brands of medical abortion available at country level – safe2choose information and MedAb.orgYou visit a midwife at an IPPF member clinic who offers you confidential and non-judgmental counselling about your options.They explain two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 12 to 13 weeks' gestation and can be managed in clinic or at home.You decide to:You've made the choice that best suits your needs and situation, and you've been supported to do so throughout the process.Abortions are very common and one of the safest medical procedures when done under the right conditions and with the right information. Everyone regardless of their age, religion, nationality or social class deserves access to a safe abortion. safe2choose.org and IPPF offer information, support and a range of options for person-centred and rights-based abortion care.safe2choose's team of international counsellors are here to support you throughout the process at anytime.You speak to an IPPF member service provider, who offers you confidential and non-judgmental counselling about your options.They explain two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 12 to 13 weeks' gestation and can be managed in clinic or at home.You decide to: Also available in French, Spanish, and Portuguese

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| 27 September 2021

Ada's abortion journey

Ada's abortion journeyTake a journey with Ada to discover her story. Like many people, she has just found out that she is pregnant, but she cannot afford to raise another child. She has decided to have an abortion. What will her options be, and what will she choose? Take a couple of minutes today to share her journey – click "Start" to begin...Your name is Ada. You've found out you are pregnant, but you cannot afford to raise another child. You have decided to have an abortion.What do you do?On the internet, you discover safe2choose.org and read on their website about available abortion care in your country and about others who have also had an abortion. You also find a toll-free number for an IPPF member association in your country that offers abortion information and support.You decide to:You call your friend Maryam, who explains to you that she knows many women who have had one or more abortions. She tells you that she herself has had two. She gives you advice about how to find information online, and also about the clinic where she had her abortions. You decide to:You speak to a safe2choose counsellor by live chat, and she offers confidential and non-judgmental counselling in your language, free of charge.You learn that there are two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 12 to 13 weeks' gestation and can be managed in clinic or at home.You decide to:You speak to an IPPF member service provider, who offers you confidential and non-judgmental counselling about your options. They explain the two types of abortion available to you, which the safe2choose counsellors had also explained – medical abortion with pills and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA).You decide to:They explain two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 12 to 13 weeks' gestation and can be managed in clinic or at home.You decide to:On the internet, you discover safe2choose.org and read on their website about available abortion care in your country and about others who have also had an abortion. You speak to one of their counsellors by live chat, and she offers confidential and non-judgmental counselling in your language, free of charge.You learn that there are two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks in-clinic or up to 12 weeks at home.You decide to:You've made the choice that best suits your needs and situation, and you've been supported to do so throughout the process. safe2choose.org and IPPF offer information, support and a range of options for person-centred and rights-based abortion care for everyone, regardless of their age, religion, nationality or social class. safe2choose's team of international counselors are here for support throughout the process at anytime. IPPF offers quality and non-judgmental abortion care through static clinics, community-based care, remote counseling, and support for self-managed medical abortion.For further information, please visit the following:• safe2choose's information on medical abortion and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA)• IPPF's short videos on medical abortion and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA)• Brands of medical abortion available at country level – safe2choose information and MedAb.orgYou visit a midwife at an IPPF member clinic who offers you confidential and non-judgmental counselling about your options.They explain two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 12 to 13 weeks' gestation and can be managed in clinic or at home.You decide to:You've made the choice that best suits your needs and situation, and you've been supported to do so throughout the process.Abortions are very common and one of the safest medical procedures when done under the right conditions and with the right information. Everyone regardless of their age, religion, nationality or social class deserves access to a safe abortion. safe2choose.org and IPPF offer information, support and a range of options for person-centred and rights-based abortion care.safe2choose's team of international counsellors are here to support you throughout the process at anytime.You speak to an IPPF member service provider, who offers you confidential and non-judgmental counselling about your options.They explain two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 12 to 13 weeks' gestation and can be managed in clinic or at home.You decide to: Also available in French, Spanish, and Portuguese

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| 10 September 2021

At a Glance 2020

At a Glance 2020 is a summary of our key achievements from our 2020 Annual Performance Report. The document is available in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.

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| 10 September 2021

At a Glance 2020

At a Glance 2020 is a summary of our key achievements from our 2020 Annual Performance Report. The document is available in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.

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| 06 September 2021

IMAP Statement - Reproductive Health in a Time of COVID-19

This statement is intended to support and guide IPPF Member Associations and other sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), humanitarian and development organisations regarding COVID-19 and vaccination and the impact on delivery of sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH). It covers issues related to advocacy to address health inequalities and stigma, in addition to medical and service delivery recommendations, evidence and practical guidance from the scientific community. 

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| 06 September 2021

IMAP Statement - Reproductive Health in a Time of COVID-19

This statement is intended to support and guide IPPF Member Associations and other sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), humanitarian and development organisations regarding COVID-19 and vaccination and the impact on delivery of sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH). It covers issues related to advocacy to address health inequalities and stigma, in addition to medical and service delivery recommendations, evidence and practical guidance from the scientific community. 

Abla Abassa, community health worker in Ilama gives Essivi Koutchona, 45, the injectable in Ilama village, Togo.
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| 07 December 2021

IPPF position paper: Universal health coverage and sexual and reproductive health and rights

IPPF’s vision is of a world where all people are free to make choices about their sexuality and well‑being, without discrimination. This position paper articulates IPPF’s priorities in relation to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and aims to provide guidance for IPPF Member Associations (MAs) and the Federation at large. It was produced through a consultation process involving representatives from MAs and IPPF’s Secretariat through workshop discussions, key informant interviews, and document reviews. The paper is not meant to be a detailed, operational ‘how to’ tool. Instead, it intends to strengthen IPPF MAs’ and other organizations’ understanding of evidence‑based approaches to scaling up and/or institutionalizing access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and care within a UHC framework. It also highlights key entry points to lead and support such approaches. This position paper is available below in English, French, and Spanish. 

Abla Abassa, community health worker in Ilama gives Essivi Koutchona, 45, the injectable in Ilama village, Togo.
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| 24 May 2022

IPPF position paper: Universal health coverage and sexual and reproductive health and rights

IPPF’s vision is of a world where all people are free to make choices about their sexuality and well‑being, without discrimination. This position paper articulates IPPF’s priorities in relation to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and aims to provide guidance for IPPF Member Associations (MAs) and the Federation at large. It was produced through a consultation process involving representatives from MAs and IPPF’s Secretariat through workshop discussions, key informant interviews, and document reviews. The paper is not meant to be a detailed, operational ‘how to’ tool. Instead, it intends to strengthen IPPF MAs’ and other organizations’ understanding of evidence‑based approaches to scaling up and/or institutionalizing access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and care within a UHC framework. It also highlights key entry points to lead and support such approaches. This position paper is available below in English, French, and Spanish. 

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| 03 November 2021

A história do aborto de Ada

A história do aborto de AdaAcompanhe Ada para descobrir sua história. Como muitas pessoas, ela acabou de descobrir que está grávida, mas não tem condições de cuidar de outra criança. Ela decidiu fazer um aborto. Quais serão suas opções e o que ela escolherá? Reserve alguns minutos hoje para conhecer sua jornada e clique aqui para começar ...Seu nome é Ada. Você descobriu que está grávida, mas você não tem condições de cuidar de outra criança. Você decidiu fazer um aborto.O que você faz?Na internet, você descobre a https://safe2choose.org/pt/. No site, você lê sobre a atenção ao aborto disponível em seu país e sobre outras pessoas que também fizeram um aborto. Você também encontra um número de telefone gratuito de uma associação membra da IPPF em seu país que oferece informações e apoio para abortar.Você decide de:Você liga para sua amiga Maryam, que te conta que conhece muitas mulheres que fizeram um ou mais abortos. Ela diz que ela mesma fez dois. Ela dá conselhos sobre como encontrar informações online e também sobre a clínica onde ela fez seus abortos.Você decide de:Falar com uma conselheira safe2choose por chat ao vivo, ela te oferece aconselhamento confidencial e sem julgamento em seu idioma, gratuitamente. Você descobre que existem dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você: • Um procedimento no hospital denominado aspiração manual intrauterina (AMIU), que inclui o uso de um dispositivo de sucção para remover a gravidez. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 13 semanas de gestação e leva cerca de 10 a 15 minutos. • Um aborto medicamentoso, que consiste em tomar comprimidos para induzir um aborto. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 12 a 13 semanas de gestação e pode ser feita na clínica ou em casa.Você decide de:Você fala com um serviço de saúde membro da IPPF, que oferece aconselhamento confidencial e sem julgamento sobre suas opções. Lá, te explicam os dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você, que as conselheiras da safe2choose também haviam explicado - aborto medicamentoso com pílulas e aspiração manual a vácuo (AMIU).Você decide de:Elas explicam dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você: • Um procedimento clínico conhecido como aspiração manual intrauterina (AMIU) que é realizado com um dispositivo de sucção que serve para remover a gravidez. Esta opção é comumente usada até 13 semanas de gestação e dura cerca de 10 a 15 minutos. • Um aborto medicamentoso que envolve a ingestão de comprimidos para provocar o aborto. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 12 ou 13 semanas de gestação e pode ser realizada na clínica ou em casa.Você decide de:On the internet, you discover safe2choose.org and read on their website about available abortion care in your country and about others who have also had an abortion. You speak to one of their counsellors by live chat, and she offers confidential and non-judgmental counselling in your language, free of charge.You learn that there are two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks in-clinic or up to 12 weeks at home.You decide to:Você fez a escolha que melhor se adapta às suas necessidades e situação, e foi apoiada durante todo o processo. A safe2choose.org e a IPPF oferecem informações, apoio e uma gama de opções para o atendimento ao aborto centrado na pessoa e baseado em direitos para todas as pessoas, independentemente de sua idade, religião, nacionalidade ou classe social. A equipe de conselheiras internacionais da safe2choose está aqui para apoiar durante todo o processo, a qualquer momento. A IPPF oferece atendimento ao aborto de qualidade e sem julgamento através de clínicas locais, atendimento baseado na comunidade, aconselhamento remoto e apoio ao aborto medicamentoso autogerido.Para obter mais informações, por faor visite os seguintes sites:• Informações de safe2choose sobre abortamento medicamentoso e aspiração manual a vácuo (AMIU)• Vídeos curtos da IPPF sobre aborto médico e aspiração manual a vácuo (AMIU)• Marcas de pílulas abortivas disponíveis em cada país - safe2choose information and MedAb.orgVocê conversa com uma parteira em uma clínica membra da IPPF que oferece aconselhamento confidencial e sem julgamentos sobre suas opções. Ela te explica dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você: • Um procedimento clínico, chamado aspiração manual intrauterina (AMIU), que inclui o uso de dispositivo de sucção para remover a gravidez. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 13 semanas de gestação e leva cerca de 10 a 15 minutos. • Um aborto medicamentoso, que consiste em tomar comprimidos para induzir um aborto. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 12 a 13 semanas de gestação e pode ser feita na clínica ou em casa.Você decide de:You've made the choice that best suits your needs and situation, and you've been supported to do so throughout the process.Abortions are very common and one of the safest medical procedures when done under the right conditions and with the right information. Everyone regardless of their age, religion, nationality or social class deserves access to a safe abortion. safe2choose.org and IPPF offer information, support and a range of options for person-centred and rights-based abortion care.safe2choose's team of international counsellors are here to support you throughout the process at anytime.Você fala com uma pessoa da clínica membra da IPPF que te proporciona aconselhamento confidencial, sem julgamento, sobre suas opções. Ela te explica que há dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você: • Um procedimento no hospital chamado aspiração manual intrauterina (AMIU) que envolve o uso de um dispositivo de sucção para remover a gravidez. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 13 semanas de gestação e leva de 10 a 15 minutos. • Um aborto medicamentoso que consiste na ingestão de pílulas para induzir o aborto. Esta opção, geralmente oferecida até 12 a 13 semanas de gestação, pode ser realizada na clínica ou em casa.Você decide de: Also available in English, French, and Spanish

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| 03 November 2021

A história do aborto de Ada

A história do aborto de AdaAcompanhe Ada para descobrir sua história. Como muitas pessoas, ela acabou de descobrir que está grávida, mas não tem condições de cuidar de outra criança. Ela decidiu fazer um aborto. Quais serão suas opções e o que ela escolherá? Reserve alguns minutos hoje para conhecer sua jornada e clique aqui para começar ...Seu nome é Ada. Você descobriu que está grávida, mas você não tem condições de cuidar de outra criança. Você decidiu fazer um aborto.O que você faz?Na internet, você descobre a https://safe2choose.org/pt/. No site, você lê sobre a atenção ao aborto disponível em seu país e sobre outras pessoas que também fizeram um aborto. Você também encontra um número de telefone gratuito de uma associação membra da IPPF em seu país que oferece informações e apoio para abortar.Você decide de:Você liga para sua amiga Maryam, que te conta que conhece muitas mulheres que fizeram um ou mais abortos. Ela diz que ela mesma fez dois. Ela dá conselhos sobre como encontrar informações online e também sobre a clínica onde ela fez seus abortos.Você decide de:Falar com uma conselheira safe2choose por chat ao vivo, ela te oferece aconselhamento confidencial e sem julgamento em seu idioma, gratuitamente. Você descobre que existem dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você: • Um procedimento no hospital denominado aspiração manual intrauterina (AMIU), que inclui o uso de um dispositivo de sucção para remover a gravidez. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 13 semanas de gestação e leva cerca de 10 a 15 minutos. • Um aborto medicamentoso, que consiste em tomar comprimidos para induzir um aborto. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 12 a 13 semanas de gestação e pode ser feita na clínica ou em casa.Você decide de:Você fala com um serviço de saúde membro da IPPF, que oferece aconselhamento confidencial e sem julgamento sobre suas opções. Lá, te explicam os dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você, que as conselheiras da safe2choose também haviam explicado - aborto medicamentoso com pílulas e aspiração manual a vácuo (AMIU).Você decide de:Elas explicam dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você: • Um procedimento clínico conhecido como aspiração manual intrauterina (AMIU) que é realizado com um dispositivo de sucção que serve para remover a gravidez. Esta opção é comumente usada até 13 semanas de gestação e dura cerca de 10 a 15 minutos. • Um aborto medicamentoso que envolve a ingestão de comprimidos para provocar o aborto. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 12 ou 13 semanas de gestação e pode ser realizada na clínica ou em casa.Você decide de:On the internet, you discover safe2choose.org and read on their website about available abortion care in your country and about others who have also had an abortion. You speak to one of their counsellors by live chat, and she offers confidential and non-judgmental counselling in your language, free of charge.You learn that there are two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks in-clinic or up to 12 weeks at home.You decide to:Você fez a escolha que melhor se adapta às suas necessidades e situação, e foi apoiada durante todo o processo. A safe2choose.org e a IPPF oferecem informações, apoio e uma gama de opções para o atendimento ao aborto centrado na pessoa e baseado em direitos para todas as pessoas, independentemente de sua idade, religião, nacionalidade ou classe social. A equipe de conselheiras internacionais da safe2choose está aqui para apoiar durante todo o processo, a qualquer momento. A IPPF oferece atendimento ao aborto de qualidade e sem julgamento através de clínicas locais, atendimento baseado na comunidade, aconselhamento remoto e apoio ao aborto medicamentoso autogerido.Para obter mais informações, por faor visite os seguintes sites:• Informações de safe2choose sobre abortamento medicamentoso e aspiração manual a vácuo (AMIU)• Vídeos curtos da IPPF sobre aborto médico e aspiração manual a vácuo (AMIU)• Marcas de pílulas abortivas disponíveis em cada país - safe2choose information and MedAb.orgVocê conversa com uma parteira em uma clínica membra da IPPF que oferece aconselhamento confidencial e sem julgamentos sobre suas opções. Ela te explica dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você: • Um procedimento clínico, chamado aspiração manual intrauterina (AMIU), que inclui o uso de dispositivo de sucção para remover a gravidez. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 13 semanas de gestação e leva cerca de 10 a 15 minutos. • Um aborto medicamentoso, que consiste em tomar comprimidos para induzir um aborto. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 12 a 13 semanas de gestação e pode ser feita na clínica ou em casa.Você decide de:You've made the choice that best suits your needs and situation, and you've been supported to do so throughout the process.Abortions are very common and one of the safest medical procedures when done under the right conditions and with the right information. Everyone regardless of their age, religion, nationality or social class deserves access to a safe abortion. safe2choose.org and IPPF offer information, support and a range of options for person-centred and rights-based abortion care.safe2choose's team of international counsellors are here to support you throughout the process at anytime.Você fala com uma pessoa da clínica membra da IPPF que te proporciona aconselhamento confidencial, sem julgamento, sobre suas opções. Ela te explica que há dois tipos de aborto disponíveis para você: • Um procedimento no hospital chamado aspiração manual intrauterina (AMIU) que envolve o uso de um dispositivo de sucção para remover a gravidez. Esta opção é normalmente oferecida até 13 semanas de gestação e leva de 10 a 15 minutos. • Um aborto medicamentoso que consiste na ingestão de pílulas para induzir o aborto. Esta opção, geralmente oferecida até 12 a 13 semanas de gestação, pode ser realizada na clínica ou em casa.Você decide de: Also available in English, French, and Spanish

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| 01 October 2021

Breast cancer: what you should know

Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. Globally 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, and with 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with it during their lifetime it is the world’s most prevalent cancer.  However, breast cancer treatment can be highly effective, especially when it is identified early.  Most people affected by breast cancer are women over the age of 50, but younger women can also develop breast cancer. In rare cases, men can also be diagnosed with it. Symptoms There are several symptoms of breast cancer, but what most people notice first is a lump or area of thickened breast tissue. While most breast lumps are not cancerous, it is advisable to always have them checked by a doctor.  Other signs and symptoms include: a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts discharge from either nipple, which may be streaked with blood a lump or swelling in either armpit dimpling on the skin of the breasts a rash on or around the nipple a change in the appearance of the nipple, such as becoming sunken into the breast It is vital that women check their breasts regularly for any changes. Everyone should aim to become familiar with what is normal for them, and if anything changes these must be examined by a doctor. QUICK POLL: Do you regularly check your breasts for abnormal changes?YesNo Causes The exact causes of breast cancer are not fully understood. However, there are certain risk factors – including genetic, lifestyle and environmental ones - that are known to increase the risk of breast cancer. These include: increasing age  a personal or family history of breast cancer a previous diagnosis of breast cancer a previous non-cancerous (benign) breast lump being overweight or obese drinking alcohol Prevention As the causes of breast cancer are not all understood, it's currently not possible to know all the ways to decrease the risk or prevent it. However, changes in daily life may help reduce the risk of breast cancer. These include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and reducing alcohol use. These are particularly important for people who are in any of the risk categories mentioned above.   Screening and diagnosis After examining a person’s breasts, a doctor may refer them to a specialist breast cancer clinic for further tests. This might include breast screening, which will normally either be a mammogram or a breast MRI: a mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. For many women, mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. A mammogram is currently the best way to find breast cancer for most women of screening age. a breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses magnets and radio waves to take pictures of the breast. Breast MRI is used along with mammograms to screen women who are at high risk for getting breast cancer. Because breast MRIs may appear abnormal even when there is no cancer, they are not used for women at average risk. Another method used to diagnose breast cancer may be a biopsy, where a small sample of breast tissue is removed and examined under a microscope. Other diagnostic methods may be used depending on the specific situation. Types of breast cancer There are several different types of breast cancer, which develop in different parts of the breast. Breast cancer is often divided into either: non-invasive breast cancer – found in the ducts of the breast which has not spread into the breast tissue surrounding the ducts. Non-invasive breast cancer is usually found during a mammogram and rarely shows as a breast lump. invasive breast cancer – where the cancer cells have spread through the lining of the ducts into the surrounding breast tissue. This is the most common type of breast cancer. Less common types of breast cancer include: invasive (and pre-invasive) lobular breast cancer inflammatory breast cancer Paget's disease of the breast It's possible for breast cancer to spread to other parts of the body, usually through the blood or the axillary lymph nodes. These are small lymphatic glands that filter bacteria and cells from the mammary gland. If this happens, it's known as secondary, or metastatic, breast cancer. Treatment If cancer is detected at an early stage, it can be treated before it spreads to other parts of the body. Breast cancer is treated using a combination of: surgery (which can include removing the breast cancer ‘lump’, removing lymph nodes, or removing part or all of the breast(s)) chemotherapy (which uses drugs to destroy fast-growing cells, such as cancer cells) radiotherapy (which uses high-powered beams of energy, akin to X-rays, to kill cancer cells) Surgery is usually the first type of treatment a person with breast cancer will have, followed by chemotherapy or radiotherapy or, in some cases, hormone or targeted treatments. In a small proportion of women, breast cancer is discovered after it has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic breast cancer). Secondary cancer, also called advanced or metastatic cancer, is generally not curable, so the aim of treatment is to relieve symptoms. Living with breast cancer Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be very overwhelming, and it can deeply affect a person’s daily life. Everyone is different and will cope with their diagnosis and treatment in various ways. It may help to seek support, which can include:  family and friends who can show empathy, love, and care, and can also help with practical support (such as cooking meals, collecting medication etc) professional mental health services, such as a counselor  communicating with other people in the same situation, including breast cancer survivors finding out as much as possible about your condition to make decisions about your care trying not to do too much or overexerting yourself focusing on self-care Image courtesy of Jessica Dance, who knitted a pair of breasts exclusively for IPPF

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| 24 May 2022

Breast cancer: what you should know

Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. Globally 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, and with 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with it during their lifetime it is the world’s most prevalent cancer.  However, breast cancer treatment can be highly effective, especially when it is identified early.  Most people affected by breast cancer are women over the age of 50, but younger women can also develop breast cancer. In rare cases, men can also be diagnosed with it. Symptoms There are several symptoms of breast cancer, but what most people notice first is a lump or area of thickened breast tissue. While most breast lumps are not cancerous, it is advisable to always have them checked by a doctor.  Other signs and symptoms include: a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts discharge from either nipple, which may be streaked with blood a lump or swelling in either armpit dimpling on the skin of the breasts a rash on or around the nipple a change in the appearance of the nipple, such as becoming sunken into the breast It is vital that women check their breasts regularly for any changes. Everyone should aim to become familiar with what is normal for them, and if anything changes these must be examined by a doctor. QUICK POLL: Do you regularly check your breasts for abnormal changes?YesNo Causes The exact causes of breast cancer are not fully understood. However, there are certain risk factors – including genetic, lifestyle and environmental ones - that are known to increase the risk of breast cancer. These include: increasing age  a personal or family history of breast cancer a previous diagnosis of breast cancer a previous non-cancerous (benign) breast lump being overweight or obese drinking alcohol Prevention As the causes of breast cancer are not all understood, it's currently not possible to know all the ways to decrease the risk or prevent it. However, changes in daily life may help reduce the risk of breast cancer. These include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and reducing alcohol use. These are particularly important for people who are in any of the risk categories mentioned above.   Screening and diagnosis After examining a person’s breasts, a doctor may refer them to a specialist breast cancer clinic for further tests. This might include breast screening, which will normally either be a mammogram or a breast MRI: a mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. For many women, mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. A mammogram is currently the best way to find breast cancer for most women of screening age. a breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses magnets and radio waves to take pictures of the breast. Breast MRI is used along with mammograms to screen women who are at high risk for getting breast cancer. Because breast MRIs may appear abnormal even when there is no cancer, they are not used for women at average risk. Another method used to diagnose breast cancer may be a biopsy, where a small sample of breast tissue is removed and examined under a microscope. Other diagnostic methods may be used depending on the specific situation. Types of breast cancer There are several different types of breast cancer, which develop in different parts of the breast. Breast cancer is often divided into either: non-invasive breast cancer – found in the ducts of the breast which has not spread into the breast tissue surrounding the ducts. Non-invasive breast cancer is usually found during a mammogram and rarely shows as a breast lump. invasive breast cancer – where the cancer cells have spread through the lining of the ducts into the surrounding breast tissue. This is the most common type of breast cancer. Less common types of breast cancer include: invasive (and pre-invasive) lobular breast cancer inflammatory breast cancer Paget's disease of the breast It's possible for breast cancer to spread to other parts of the body, usually through the blood or the axillary lymph nodes. These are small lymphatic glands that filter bacteria and cells from the mammary gland. If this happens, it's known as secondary, or metastatic, breast cancer. Treatment If cancer is detected at an early stage, it can be treated before it spreads to other parts of the body. Breast cancer is treated using a combination of: surgery (which can include removing the breast cancer ‘lump’, removing lymph nodes, or removing part or all of the breast(s)) chemotherapy (which uses drugs to destroy fast-growing cells, such as cancer cells) radiotherapy (which uses high-powered beams of energy, akin to X-rays, to kill cancer cells) Surgery is usually the first type of treatment a person with breast cancer will have, followed by chemotherapy or radiotherapy or, in some cases, hormone or targeted treatments. In a small proportion of women, breast cancer is discovered after it has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic breast cancer). Secondary cancer, also called advanced or metastatic cancer, is generally not curable, so the aim of treatment is to relieve symptoms. Living with breast cancer Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be very overwhelming, and it can deeply affect a person’s daily life. Everyone is different and will cope with their diagnosis and treatment in various ways. It may help to seek support, which can include:  family and friends who can show empathy, love, and care, and can also help with practical support (such as cooking meals, collecting medication etc) professional mental health services, such as a counselor  communicating with other people in the same situation, including breast cancer survivors finding out as much as possible about your condition to make decisions about your care trying not to do too much or overexerting yourself focusing on self-care Image courtesy of Jessica Dance, who knitted a pair of breasts exclusively for IPPF

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| 27 September 2021

Ada's abortion journey

Ada's abortion journeyTake a journey with Ada to discover her story. Like many people, she has just found out that she is pregnant, but she cannot afford to raise another child. She has decided to have an abortion. What will her options be, and what will she choose? Take a couple of minutes today to share her journey – click "Start" to begin...Your name is Ada. You've found out you are pregnant, but you cannot afford to raise another child. You have decided to have an abortion.What do you do?On the internet, you discover safe2choose.org and read on their website about available abortion care in your country and about others who have also had an abortion. You also find a toll-free number for an IPPF member association in your country that offers abortion information and support.You decide to:You call your friend Maryam, who explains to you that she knows many women who have had one or more abortions. She tells you that she herself has had two. She gives you advice about how to find information online, and also about the clinic where she had her abortions. You decide to:You speak to a safe2choose counsellor by live chat, and she offers confidential and non-judgmental counselling in your language, free of charge.You learn that there are two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 12 to 13 weeks' gestation and can be managed in clinic or at home.You decide to:You speak to an IPPF member service provider, who offers you confidential and non-judgmental counselling about your options. They explain the two types of abortion available to you, which the safe2choose counsellors had also explained – medical abortion with pills and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA).You decide to:They explain two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 12 to 13 weeks' gestation and can be managed in clinic or at home.You decide to:On the internet, you discover safe2choose.org and read on their website about available abortion care in your country and about others who have also had an abortion. You speak to one of their counsellors by live chat, and she offers confidential and non-judgmental counselling in your language, free of charge.You learn that there are two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks in-clinic or up to 12 weeks at home.You decide to:You've made the choice that best suits your needs and situation, and you've been supported to do so throughout the process. safe2choose.org and IPPF offer information, support and a range of options for person-centred and rights-based abortion care for everyone, regardless of their age, religion, nationality or social class. safe2choose's team of international counselors are here for support throughout the process at anytime. IPPF offers quality and non-judgmental abortion care through static clinics, community-based care, remote counseling, and support for self-managed medical abortion.For further information, please visit the following:• safe2choose's information on medical abortion and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA)• IPPF's short videos on medical abortion and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA)• Brands of medical abortion available at country level – safe2choose information and MedAb.orgYou visit a midwife at an IPPF member clinic who offers you confidential and non-judgmental counselling about your options.They explain two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 12 to 13 weeks' gestation and can be managed in clinic or at home.You decide to:You've made the choice that best suits your needs and situation, and you've been supported to do so throughout the process.Abortions are very common and one of the safest medical procedures when done under the right conditions and with the right information. Everyone regardless of their age, religion, nationality or social class deserves access to a safe abortion. safe2choose.org and IPPF offer information, support and a range of options for person-centred and rights-based abortion care.safe2choose's team of international counsellors are here to support you throughout the process at anytime.You speak to an IPPF member service provider, who offers you confidential and non-judgmental counselling about your options.They explain two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 12 to 13 weeks' gestation and can be managed in clinic or at home.You decide to: Also available in French, Spanish, and Portuguese

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| 27 September 2021

Ada's abortion journey

Ada's abortion journeyTake a journey with Ada to discover her story. Like many people, she has just found out that she is pregnant, but she cannot afford to raise another child. She has decided to have an abortion. What will her options be, and what will she choose? Take a couple of minutes today to share her journey – click "Start" to begin...Your name is Ada. You've found out you are pregnant, but you cannot afford to raise another child. You have decided to have an abortion.What do you do?On the internet, you discover safe2choose.org and read on their website about available abortion care in your country and about others who have also had an abortion. You also find a toll-free number for an IPPF member association in your country that offers abortion information and support.You decide to:You call your friend Maryam, who explains to you that she knows many women who have had one or more abortions. She tells you that she herself has had two. She gives you advice about how to find information online, and also about the clinic where she had her abortions. You decide to:You speak to a safe2choose counsellor by live chat, and she offers confidential and non-judgmental counselling in your language, free of charge.You learn that there are two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 12 to 13 weeks' gestation and can be managed in clinic or at home.You decide to:You speak to an IPPF member service provider, who offers you confidential and non-judgmental counselling about your options. They explain the two types of abortion available to you, which the safe2choose counsellors had also explained – medical abortion with pills and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA).You decide to:They explain two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 12 to 13 weeks' gestation and can be managed in clinic or at home.You decide to:On the internet, you discover safe2choose.org and read on their website about available abortion care in your country and about others who have also had an abortion. You speak to one of their counsellors by live chat, and she offers confidential and non-judgmental counselling in your language, free of charge.You learn that there are two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks in-clinic or up to 12 weeks at home.You decide to:You've made the choice that best suits your needs and situation, and you've been supported to do so throughout the process. safe2choose.org and IPPF offer information, support and a range of options for person-centred and rights-based abortion care for everyone, regardless of their age, religion, nationality or social class. safe2choose's team of international counselors are here for support throughout the process at anytime. IPPF offers quality and non-judgmental abortion care through static clinics, community-based care, remote counseling, and support for self-managed medical abortion.For further information, please visit the following:• safe2choose's information on medical abortion and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA)• IPPF's short videos on medical abortion and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA)• Brands of medical abortion available at country level – safe2choose information and MedAb.orgYou visit a midwife at an IPPF member clinic who offers you confidential and non-judgmental counselling about your options.They explain two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 12 to 13 weeks' gestation and can be managed in clinic or at home.You decide to:You've made the choice that best suits your needs and situation, and you've been supported to do so throughout the process.Abortions are very common and one of the safest medical procedures when done under the right conditions and with the right information. Everyone regardless of their age, religion, nationality or social class deserves access to a safe abortion. safe2choose.org and IPPF offer information, support and a range of options for person-centred and rights-based abortion care.safe2choose's team of international counsellors are here to support you throughout the process at anytime.You speak to an IPPF member service provider, who offers you confidential and non-judgmental counselling about your options.They explain two types of abortion available to you:• An in-clinic procedure called a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), which includes the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy. This option is typically offered up to 13 weeks of gestation and takes about 10-15 minutes.• A medical abortion, which involves taking pills to induce an abortion. This option is typically offered up to 12 to 13 weeks' gestation and can be managed in clinic or at home.You decide to: Also available in French, Spanish, and Portuguese

AT A GLANCE SCREENSHOT OF POSTER
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| 10 September 2021

At a Glance 2020

At a Glance 2020 is a summary of our key achievements from our 2020 Annual Performance Report. The document is available in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.

AT A GLANCE SCREENSHOT OF POSTER
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| 10 September 2021

At a Glance 2020

At a Glance 2020 is a summary of our key achievements from our 2020 Annual Performance Report. The document is available in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.

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| 06 September 2021

IMAP Statement - Reproductive Health in a Time of COVID-19

This statement is intended to support and guide IPPF Member Associations and other sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), humanitarian and development organisations regarding COVID-19 and vaccination and the impact on delivery of sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH). It covers issues related to advocacy to address health inequalities and stigma, in addition to medical and service delivery recommendations, evidence and practical guidance from the scientific community. 

Image reads "IMAP Statement on Reproductive Health in a Time of COVID-19"
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| 06 September 2021

IMAP Statement - Reproductive Health in a Time of COVID-19

This statement is intended to support and guide IPPF Member Associations and other sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), humanitarian and development organisations regarding COVID-19 and vaccination and the impact on delivery of sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH). It covers issues related to advocacy to address health inequalities and stigma, in addition to medical and service delivery recommendations, evidence and practical guidance from the scientific community.