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A needs assessment of reproductive health on the Thailand-Burma border

Due to an ongoing sixty-year civil war that has subjected civilian populations to forced labor, extrajudicial killings, rape, displacement, imprisonment, denial of health care and education, and destruction of food supplies, the reproductive health of Burmese populations on both sides of the Thai-Burma border is marked by high levels of unmet needs. Reproductive health indicators throughout the region demonstrate a lack of access to family planning resources, including sexual and reproductive health information, low levels of contraceptive access, and high rates of unplanned pregnancy, maternal mortality, and harm from unsafe abortion. Unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal mortality for Burmese populations on both sides the Thailand-Burma border.

Ibis’s Thai-Burma border program of work aims to reduce harm from unsafe abortion, and to expand knowledge of and access to emergency contraception and long-acting reversible contraceptives, especially among vulnerable populations that include adolescents and post-abortion care patients. We partner with local organizations to lead evidence-based trainings for health care providers and to conduct relevant research that includes interventions to improve health outcomes.


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