Today, the International Planned Parenthood Federation celebrates its 60th year of advocating for girls and women’s reproductive health. IPPF began work in 1952, when 8 family planning organizations joined forces. Now, IPPF operates in 172 countries and delivers millions of services, making it the largest sexual and reproductive health and rights organization in the world.
We have much to thank IPPF for, from strengthening health systems to providing essential services, responding in emergency situations and providing critical expertise. At the London Family Planning Summit this summer, IPPF scaled up their commitment to reproductive health advocacy by pledging to triple the number of girls and women’s lives saved each year. By 2020, IPPF will have saved the lives of 54,000 girls and women, averted 14.6 million unwanted pregnancies and prevented 12.4 million unsafe abortions.
We are grateful to IPPF for the continued advocacy and partnership of its member associations, and look forward to working together for girls and women’s health and rights in the years to come.
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