The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is a global organization that works to promote and protect sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa and around the world. With a focus on providing access to quality health services, education, and advocacy, IPPF has been active in Africa for over six decades, working with governments, civil society organizations, and local communities to improve the health and well-being of individuals and families.
In 2022, IPPF Africa Region (IPPFAR) achieved several milestones, including the welcoming of three new Collaborative Partners (Senegal, Kenya, and South Africa), and the opening of a new sub-office in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, which will ensure more cost-effective, dedicated, and timely support for programme delivery in the region, especially in response to humanitarian crises. The sub-office will support regional advocacy efforts and create opportunities for partnerships with other international organizations and donors operating in the region.
One notable achievement of IPPFAR in 2022 was its commitment to standing up for the human rights of those in need. The organization has received international recognition for its proactive and robust response to the Roe v Wade ruling, which made headlines around the world.
IPPFAR has also gained international recognition for its Treasure Your Pleasure campaign; With the goal of reducing stigma and promoting positive, healthy, and consensual sex education, the campaign reached nine million people across Africa and has been featured in several international media outlets including The New York Times and . Additionally, IPPFAR partnered Amnesty International to address gender-based violence in Guinea, and is leading a consortium: The Feminist Opportunities Now project, funded by the Agence Française de Développement representing 14 million euros, and which aims to address and respond to gender-based violence in ten countries, six of which are in Africa.
The IPPF Africa Region increased its advocacy work, partnering with the African Union and Member Associations to hold Governments accountable for their national and regional sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) commitments and to ensure equitable access to health services.
Thanks to the advocacy work of the ABPF, the IPPF Member Association in Benin, the country's National Assembly adopted a new law that allows women and gender non-conforming people to end their pregnancy within the first three months if it is likely to "aggravate or cause material, educational, professional or moral distress, incompatible with the woman or the unborn child's interest.”
IPPFAR is also committed to becoming more youth-focused, collaborating with young people in the region to strengthen the structure of the Youth Action Movement and providing capacity building to other Member Associations through its Youth Centers of Excellence.
Throughout the year, IPPFAR provided crucial support in areas experiencing humanitarian crises, including the Tigray conflict in Ethiopia, Tropical Cyclone Ana in Madagascar, and the flooding in West Africa. Thanks to IPPF Streams 2 and 3, and the implementation of the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for SRHR by Member Associations, the organization provided essential services to those in need.
Through its various programmes in 2022, IPPFAR recorded significant achievements in promoting and defending the rights of women, girls, and men in sub-Saharan Africa and continued to demonstrate its commitment to protecting the human rights, reproductive justice, and equity of all people.