In the times to come, we will remember 2019 as the stepping stone for the beginning of an agile and evolved IPPF.

Acknowledging the place where IPPF was established, India was chosen as the venue of the historic General Assembly of IPPF in November 2019.

The meeting where more than 320 delegates (including Presidents, youth representatives, and Executive Directors) from 124 Member Associations (MAs), representing more than 90% of MAs in the Federation, reached consensus on all variety of recommendations for reforming IPPF’s governance structure and resource allocation system.

We are hopeful that the reform will not only boost services but also help us to bring a change in lives of the most marginalized. It is important to mention that South Asia is home to around one-fourth of the world’s population, making it one of the most populous and dense regions in the world.

A demographically and developmentally diverse region, South Asia continues to be one of the regions with high rates of unplanned pregnancies, maternal deaths, unsafe abortions, child marriages, and sexual trafficking and violence.

With multitude of these challenges that exists in the region, our Member Associations are doing a remarkable job in raising voices and providing services for the most marginalized and under privileged. In 2019, through MAs, IPPF SARO provided SRHR services to more than 10 million people through its 15,733 service delivery points. We take pride in saying 55.5% of the IPPF owned service delivery points are in rural or peri-urban areas.

Out of the total sexual and reproductive health services, 8.46 million (78%) services were provided to the underprivileged and vulnerable people and 3.5 million (32.4%) to young people. The services to youth represent 32.4% of total service provision and illustrates IPPF’s continued commitment to the largest ever generation of young people.