Arbete på abortklinik i Kenya

The possibility to have an abortion safely and legally in a clinic is the way out for many vulnerable women.

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Sexual and reproductive health and rights

Published: 20 September 2011 Updated: 23 May 2014


The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is the leading global organization in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The goal is a world in which all pregnancies are wanted, in which people have sound health and where women, men and young people live free from HIV and AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. IPPF has member organizations in 151 countries throughout the world (the one in Sweden is RFSU) and activities in 173 countries. The organization focuses its work on five main areas: young people, access to service, HIV and AIDS, abortion and maternal health, and campaigning. IPPF helps its members to achieve high capacity and professionalism, and assists with the financing of certain activities. In turn, the member organizations work on-location in the countries where they run clinics, organize and mobilize young people, influence decision makers and governments, and support those who are particularly poor and marginalized in gaining and being able to demand their sexual rights. Sweden participated and established the IPPF in 1952.


Sweden supports the International Planned Parenthood Federation around the world.

How much?

Sida's aid amounts to SEK 350 million to cover a two-year period; 2010 – 2012. The aid constitutes 17% of the programme's total funding.


  • Access to services related to sexual and reproductive health has increased. Between 2005 and 2009, 158 mllion people have received care and service, and 251 million visits to clinics and care institutions were recorded, 70% of which were by the poorest people.
  • More and more people are aware of and enjoy the right to their sexuality and their body, and more and more young people are able to make informed decisions.
  •  Abortion has become more legally acceptable and can be carried out safely in an increasing number of countries.
  • A massive increase in the range and accessibility of services relating to sexual and reproductive health, both in the number of people and in reaching the poorest and most vulnerable in society.
  • Campaigning has also increased in intensity: since 2005, 280 successful national political initiatives have led to positive law reforms in support of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • The capacity of the member organizations has received a boost through training initiatives aimed at increasing the quality of care, finding better working methods and being able to more effectively reach the weakest groups in society and increase their administrative capacity.
  • In 2009, 97.9 per cent of the member organizations campaigned to increase the amount of services for young people.
  • Through their expertise and pioneering methods in the area of SRHR (in many cases, IPPF's members are the only organizations which offer such services), the national health systems, health personnel and national policies are influenced and supported.
  • HIV and AIDS is becoming ever more integrated into the member organizations’ work with sexual and reproductive health.
  • 621 million condoms were distributed.
  • During the period 2005-2009, 36 per cent of all IPPF services related to HIV and AIDS have increased sevenfold.
  • In 2009, over 1.4 million safe abortions were carried out, more than six times as many as in 2005.
  • 3.9 million women received abortion-related services, of which nearly 42 per cent were young people (compared with 29 per cent in 2005).

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