Our Issues

Since 1954, IPPF/WHR has been a strong network of individuals and institutions that work to ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care for all. We use the following six priority areas to guide our work:


To foster a climate where policies and programs better meet the real-life needs of local communities, we work side-by-side with our Member Associations to advocate at the local, national, and international levels for changes in policy and laws that advance sexual and reproductive rights.

Access to Services

We’ve created innovative health care models that are cost-effective and viable in rural and urban settings. We travel to the remote indigenous communities in Guatemala, the bustling tent cities of Haiti, and the high mountains in Bolivia to reach the most underserved populations with health services.

Reaching Young People

For decades we’ve worked to provide high-quality, youth-friendly, low-cost sexual and reproductive health services to young people throughout the region. We recognize young people's right to comprehensive sexuality education and health services, and support them in developing skills to advocate on their own behalf to obtain these rights.

Safe and Legal Abortion

We work to ensure a woman’s right to choose when and if to become pregnant. We do so by working with health professionals and policy-makers to confront the stigma and legal restrictions that limit access to sexual and reproductive health services. We remain committed to decreasing the need for abortion by providing health services for women, men, and young people.


We develop programs that integrate HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment with existing sexual and reproductive health services. We emphasize the need to provide HIV-related services and address homophobia, gender discrimination, and stigma of people living with HIV.

Building Stronger Institutions

We provide our Member Associations with a framework to strengthen their capacity to offer quality, sustainable programs managed by committed and qualified professionals. Building the capacity of our partners in these technical areas ensures access to health care for poor and marginalized populations, and supports a broader goal of reducing poverty and providing a better life for future generations.

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