Ukrainian War: International Planned Parenthood Federation. provides abortion pills and rape kits to victims of the invasion

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The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) sent abortion pills and emergency contraception to Ukraine in response to reports of rapes during the Russian invasion.

“Access to timely sexual and reproductive health care, including safe abortion care, is essential for women and girls both in Ukraine and fleeing the country, as well as for anyone who has suffered sexual violence, including rape,” said Caroline Hickson, IPPF Regional Director. European Network told Fox News Digital.

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“IPPF works with our Member Association, Women’s Health and Family Planning Ukraine, to distribute essential medicines, including emergency contraception, contraception, medicated abortion pills, antibiotics for sexually transmitted infections and post prophylaxis. -exhibition for HIV prevention,” she added. . “We are also training healthcare providers in the clinical management of rape and implementing additional psychosocial support for survivors of sexual violence, such as trauma counselling.”

IPPF has only delivered the first package to Ukraine, where war has destroyed all local supply chains and completely displaced all healthcare providers. The organization maintains ongoing dialogues “where possible and legal” with countries that have received significant numbers of Ukrainian refugees: Romania will receive funds to procure the necessary contraceptives, but Poland and Hungary have significant obstacles.

“Our partner organizations are working to support women who need access to emergency contraception by connecting them with doctors in the country who will provide the required care or by helping them travel to where it is not not possible,” said an IPPF spokesperson, noting that Hungary and Poland require a prescription for emergency contraception.

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Fighting in Ukraine moved east after Russia failed to take kyiv after a month-long siege. Ukrainian officials said the bodies of 410 civilians were found in towns in the Kyiv region such as Bucha, where more than 100 civilians were found buried in mass graves.

Human Rights Watch documented evidence of summary executions, unlawful violence and threats against civilians, and repeated rapes during the first weeks of the invasion. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia of waging “a deliberate campaign to kill, torture, rape, commit atrocities” in Ukraine.

Ukrainian human rights ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova said at least nine pregnancies resulted from rape during Bucha’s occupation. She claimed that about 25 girls and women between the ages of 14 and 25 were systematically raped in the basement of a building in the city.

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To meet demand amid these reports, IPPF delivered 2,880 packets of emergency contraception – also known as the morning after pill – to Ukraine, along with post-rape kits including tests pregnancy and abortion pills that can be used for up to 24 weeks. after pregnancy. The logistics of distributing the materials in Ukraine have proven difficult, but the government has relaxed regulations on medical supplies entering the country.

“The timing is crucial for when they are distributed,” the spokesperson said. “There is a five-day window during which emergency contraception effectively prevents pregnancy.”

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“Being pregnant at this time can be devastating for some women, and they also need access to emergency contraception and abortion care…It’s absolutely vital for survivors of the violence and that’s also incredibly important on every level.”

The spokesperson pointed out that while reports of rape have increased since the start of the invasion, they only indicate the number of survivors who have come forward for services and given their consent for their data to be collected.

“The numbers you see never really tell the full story and scale of sexual and gender-based violence,” she said.

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