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 lives of millions of the world’s poorest women and girls are in jeopardy because of the expansion of the US Global Gag Rule (GGR) , IPPF’s Director General has said. The expansion of the GGR (or Mexico City Policy) ...
IPPF EN is co-hosting a high-level panel at the European Development Days , Brussels, on ensuring access to family planning and the empowerment of young people. Many of the world's least developed countries struggle with high fertility rates and low ...
IPPF EN is horrified that a young woman in Italy has died from septicaemia after her family say she was refused a termination. Valentina Milluzzo was 19 weeks pregnant with twins at the time, having undergone IVF treatment. IPPF EN ...
IPPF Director General Tewodros Melesse has said that a decision by the US Government to withdraw funding from the United Nations Population Fund will have “devastating consequences” for women and girls around the world. Mr Melesse said: “The money the ...
As a case of sexually transmitted Zika infection was reported in the US yesterday, the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) Director General, Tewodros Melesse urged that more must be done to ensure contraceptive access is at the forefront of the ...
The International Planned Parenthood Federation welcomes the United Nations Secretary General’s humanitarian report which he delivered today. (February 9th) Ban Ki-Moon outlined five core responsibilities for the international community in a report which set out his vision ahead of the ...
IPPF EN commends a new commentary from UN experts which says that the right to sexual and reproductive health is indivisible from other human rights. “Sexual and Reproductive Health is a basic human right. It is critical that this is ...
IPPF EN welcomes the adoption of a report on the situation of women refugees and asylum seekers in the EU. The report authored by Mary Honeyball MEP, calls for the protection of the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of ...
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, IPPF EN underlines the importance of ensuring that emergency strategies and responses include Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Three fifths of maternal deaths occur in humanitarian crises, making SRHR for many refugee women, a matter of life and death.
It has been more than a decade since The Family Planning Association (FPA) successfully challenged the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in the High Court over its refusal to issue guidance to health professionals. Since then, documents ...