Established in 1996, the Namibian Family Planning Association (NAPPA) is dedicated to providing services and assistance to people in need of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care and support. The need is critical: women run a high risk of maternal death, child mortality levels are high, and HIV prevalence figures are among the poorest in the world.
Much of NAPPA’s work to date has been focused on advocacy – lobbying the government and legislators to ensure that SRH and the human rights issues associated are given central consideration in the country’s health, planning and community policies.
NAPPA operates 3 service points, including 2 clinics. The Member Association is relatively small, with a permanent staff of just 7 people, but it is building capacity to increase its coverage.
Youth groups are a particular target, and NAPPA is developing strong peer education projects to ensure that a new generation of Namibians is equipped to make informed decisions about individual SRH in the future.
NAPPA works in partnership with the Ministry of Health and with non-governmental organizations including Physically Active Youth and Lironga Epara (for people living with AIDS). Donors include UNAIDs, and the Association has close ties with other Namibian groups including Adolescent Friendly Health Services, the National Working Group on Female Condoms, the National Network of Aids Services, the Namibia Non-Governmental Forum, and the Namibia National AIDS Network.