For 50 years, the Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia (PPAZ) has provided sexual and reproductive health care, including contraception, safe abortion, HIV treatment. The reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule by the US administration has forced the organisation to shut down life-saving services to key populations.
The Botswana Family Welfare Association (BOFWA) has been providing sexual and reproductive health care since 1988. Yet, since the Global Gag Rule was reintroduced in January 2017, this vital care and support for local communities can no longer continue due to loss of funding.
For 30 years, Project Street Beat’s mobile medical unit has been working on the streets of New York, travelling to some of its most deprived zip codes offering everything from HIV testing to emergency contraception and a slew of services that have evolved to keep up with changing needs.
On 23rd January 2017, President Trump signed an order reinstating the Global Gag Rule (GGR). An order that has denied millions of US dollars in vital funding to organisations who did not sign the order that targets abortion. IPPF visited Burundi to document the impact of the GGR on the ground.
The Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) rely heavily on US funding for it's HIV prevention programmes. From outreach programmes in rural areas to sex workers in the city, FPAM provide vital healthcare to the most vulnerable in society. Without funding, programmes will be forced to shut their doors on the thousands of people who rely on their services.
Santos Simione is the executive director of Amodefa, our associated clinic in Mozambique. He discusses the consequences of the global gag rule and what it means for sexual and reproductive healthcare in the community.