Established in 1995, the Associação Angolana para o Bem Estar da Familia (ANGOBEFA) is committed to tackling the daunting reproductive health situation in the country and improving the lives of Angolans.
At the organization's clinic in the town of Luanda, ANGOBEFA provides family planning; safe motherhood services including antenatal and post-natal care; prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections; education programmes for young people to raise awareness of their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR); and general medical and laboratory services.
This comprehensive mix of services is available to all, but ANGOBEFA reaches out to under-served populations, in particular. The majority of ANGOBEFA's clients are poor or socially excluded. Services are delivered through 2 clinical service points, 25 staff, 96 volunteers, 100 Young Action Movement members and 125 peer educators.
In 2011, ANGOBEFA delivered:
- 82,000 contraceptive services
- 16,000 other sexual and reproductive health services
- 9,000 HIV-related services
The government has relied heavily on ANGOBEFA's work for technical advice when developing the national HIV and AIDS policy. Despite much success, there are still many challenges. High female illiteracy, traditional cultural practices around property ownership and inheritance, high unemployment, and high maternal and child mortality rates threaten to roll back the gains that have already been made in gender equality and women's empowerment.
Nevertheless, opportunities are opening up for ANGOBEFA to make major changes in future years. The National Strategic Plan on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the National Norms and Policies for Reproductive Health are raising awareness among Angolans and especially among young people, enabling them to make informed decisions to ensure their own sexual and reproductive health.
ANGOBEFA operates in conjunction with a number of government and civil society groups and donors, including: The Ministry of Health, Ministry of Family and Promotion of Women and National Institute for Children, The AIDS Network Association (ANASO), the Government of Germany (BMZ – the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affaris (DANID) and UNFPA.