IPPF is a global healthcare provider and a leading advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for all. Led by a courageous and determined group of women, IPPF was founded in 1952 at the Third International Planned Parenthood Conference. Today, we are a movement of 120 autonomous members with a presence in over 146 countries.
Our work is wide-ranging, including comprehensive sex education, provision of contraceptive, safe abortion, and maternal care and responding to humanitarian crisis. We pride ourselves on being local through our members and global through our network. At the heart of our mission is the provision of – and advocacy in support of – integrated healthcare to anyone who needs it regardless of race, gender, sex, income, and crucially no matter how remote. Volunteerism is central to our healthcare delivery. It underpins the vital work of our members and their teams, whether through community outreach and distribution of contraceptive care or the regional Youth Action Movements championing change.
About South Asia Region
The South Asian region has its own unique challenges and opportunities. SARO works to overcome these challenges and create opportunities. SARO's goal is to ensure sexual and reproductive health rights of all within South Asia.
We advocate with governments to ensure they fulfil their responsibilities. We work with MAs (Member Associations) to help young people make safer sexual health choices. We stand for the protection of women and girls against reproductive bullying. We support our MAs in providing medical services and counselling to those in need. We along with our volunteers and the MAs work to bring to life our vision: From choice, a world of possibilities.
All people are free to make choices about their sexuality and well-being, in a world free of discrimination.
Building on a proud history of over 65 years of achievement, we commit to lead a locally owned, globally connected civil society movement that provides and enables services and champions sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, especially the under-served.
Our core values guide the way we work. We believe:
- in social inclusion with a demonstrated commitment to enable the rights of the most under-served to be realised;
- in diversity, respecting all regardless of their age, gender, status, identity, sexual orientation, or expression.
- our passion and determination inspire others to have the courage to challenge and seek social justice for all.
- in the significant contribution our volunteerism delivers across a range of roles and as activists inspiring the Federation to advance its mission.
- in accountability as a cornerstone of trust which is demonstrated through high performance, ethical standards, and transparency.
- in being respectful, while delivering affordable, good quality and easily accessible services to the underserved and diverse groups of people, with special emphasis on youth and adolescents.
The IPPF Secretariat comprises of the Central Office in London, and six regional offices:
- Africa (Nairobi)
- Americas & Caribbean (Colombia and Trinidad & Tobago)
- Arab World (Tunis)
- East and South East Asia and Oceania (Kuala Lumpur)
- European Network (Brussels)
- South Asia (Delhi)
The Secretariat is responsible for strategy, income generation and distributing core funds to members, and collaborating with members on technical developments and sector advancements. It also carries out direct advocacy for sexual and reproductive health and rights to international and regional bodies.
Our leadership team and Board of Trustees oversee the work of IPPF to create a better world for everyone to exercise the right to make their own choices over their bodies.
Our leadership team and Board of Trustees oversee the work of IPPF to create a better world for everyone to live a free reproductive life and engage in safe, fulfilling intimate relationships.
Our committed and diverse leadership team and Board of Trustees oversee the work of IPPF to create a better world for everyone to exercise the right to make their own choices over their bodies. Our passionate and diverse leadership team and Board of Trustees oversee the work of IPPF to create a better world for everyone to live a free reproductive life and engage in safe, fulfilling intimate relationships.
IPPF establishes the International Medical Advisory Panel to test contraceptives for safety and efficacy before use.
China begins to promote contraception and relaxes limits on sterilization and abortion.
Pathfinder Fund is formally established, with Dr Clarence Gamble as president.
World population exceeds 3 billion.
The US and UK approve oral contraception for public use.
The contraceptive pill goes on sale for the first time in the UK.
The People of IPPF
- Directors’ Leadership Team
- Board of Trustees
- Nominations & Governance Committee
- Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (C-FAR)
- Membership Committee (MC)
- Resource Allocation Technical Committee (RATC)
- Strategy, Investment and Policy Committee (C-SIP)
Our Member Associations
IPPF South Asia Regional Office (SARO) is one of the six regional networks of International Planned Parenthood Federation. In the region, we work in eight countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka through the Member Associations (MA) -- IPPF accredited organizations-- and collaborative partner.
Our Member Associations are independent organizations championing the needs of their local populations, especially the most marginalized or under-served people. They work with young people, ensuring they are fully literate in the skills they need to
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