Barbados Family Planning Association (BFPA)
The Barbados Family Planning Association (BFPA) was founded in 1954 and provides a comprehensive family planning programme. It works closely with the Barbados Ministry of Health to provide counselling, information and contraception (including voluntary sterilization), and abortion and post-abortion care from its main clinic, located at BFPA’s headquarters. The Member Association has its own cytology laboratory, which relieves pressure on the government facilities.
BFPA operates community health centres around the country to increase access to family planning. This community outreach effort has greatly increased contraceptive use in Barbados, which is currently 55% among women. BFPA runs a public awareness campaign which reaches out into the community to provide information and discussion opportunities for community groups of all ages on a number of different issues to promote an improved quality of life in the country.
There is a strong emphasis on work with adolescents on education and counselling in order to stem the prevalence of adolescent and unwanted pregnancy. A schools programme is flourishing, and personal ‘youth encounters’ feature strongly in this campaign. BFPA also has an ongoing project to provide contraceptive services and education to workers at industrial work sites.
BFPA is an associate member of the umbrella organization the Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation Ltd.
The Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation (CFPA) is the only regional non-governmental organization (NGO) devoted to family planning and sexual and reproductive health in the Caribbean. CFPA serves 13 island Member Associations and 5 Associate Member Associations in the Caribbean, Central and South America. It supports these Associations with technical assistance and materials, and represents their collective interests at IPPF meetings and in the Caribbean region among governments and NGOs.
CFPA Member Associations are located in Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Nevis and St. Kitts, St. Lucia and St. Vincent. CFPA Associate Member Associations are located in Belize, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The CFPA does not offer any clinical services or distribute family planning methods to clients, but rather focuses its work on governance and institution-building among its Member Associations. The CFPA oversees, manages and analyses core grants to 7 Caribbean Member Associations. The CFPA also submits project proposals for donor funding on behalf of the Associations.