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 over 100 autonomous with a presence in over 140 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.
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About us Africa
IPPF Africa Region (IPPFAR) is one of the leading providers of quality sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in Africa, and a strong and resolute sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) advocacy voice in the region, committed to gender equality and to ensuring that women, girls and young people realize their rights and have control over their own bodies, their lives and their futures. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, the overarching goal of IPPFAR is to increase access to integrated SRHR services to the most vulnerable youth, men, and women in sub-Saharan Africa.
Supported by thousands of volunteers, IPPFAR tackles the continent’s growing SRHR challenges through a committed network of Member Associations (MAs) in 40 countries. We do this by supporting and empowering the MAs into efficient entities with the capacity to deliver and sustain high-quality, youth-focused and gender-transformative services. We work with governments, the African Union, Regional Economic Commissions, the Pan-African Parliament, United Nations bodies among others to expand political and financial commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa.
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 undertake our 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.
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 (Bangkok hub and Delhi sub-office)
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.
The first world Conference on the Status of Women is convened in Mexico City to coincide with the UN International Women’s Year.
The International Planned Parenthood Federation - Africa Region is registered in Kenya.
International Women’s Day is formalized as an annual event by the UN General Assembly.
First IVF baby born through the work of Professor Robert Edwards, a former editor at IPPF.
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 works in 142 countries to provide help, advice, services and supplies relating to any aspect of sexual and reproductive health. These services are delivered through an IPPF Member Association (MA).
MAs are IPPF accredited organizations within country. In Africa the Regional Office, we count 33 locally-owned Member Associations and 6 collaborative partners in 39 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
To find your local MA simply view the list below, or filter by region and country.