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Government of Japan awards IPPF $1.9 million to support women and girls affected by natural disasters and conflicts around the world

With support from the Government of Japan, International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) Member Associations in five countries, namely Afghanistan, Palestine, Sudan, Ukraine and Yemen, will provide urgent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services to communities affected by natural disasters and conflict situations.  These IPPF Member Associations will:

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| 27 February 2024

Government of Japan awards IPPF $1.9 million to support women and girls affected by natural disasters and conflicts around the world

With support from the Government of Japan, International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) Member Associations in five countries, namely Afghanistan, Palestine, Sudan, Ukraine and Yemen, will provide urgent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services to communities affected by natural disasters and conflict situations.  These IPPF Member Associations will: Provide sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and maternal and child health services for women and girls and marginalized communities in six remote and flood affected provinces in Afghanistan; Provide urgent sexual and reproductive health services to communities affected by the escalating violence in Palestine; Improve accessibility of services and community sustainability to decrease sexual and reproductive health-related mortality and morbidity of women and girls in three States with high internally-displaced populations in Sudan; Restore health facilities and access to maternal health services in conflict affected areas for populations affected by the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine;  Provide critical sexual, reproductive and maternal health care to internally displaced people and local communities in Yemen. This vital funding from Japan will help with provision of badly needed but currently missing health services, especially for women, so that they can live with dignity and free from unwanted pregnancies, death of themselves and their newborns, and reproductive ill-health. It will allow us to provide essential and quality SRH and maternal and child health services in the communities, prevent and manage the consequences of sexual and gender-based violence, including the clinical management of rape, equip community-based midwives with skills to provide high quality obstetric and neonatal services and strengthen health information systems to collect high quality data to respond to the needs and priorities of women and girls’ health. IPPF Director General, Dr Alvaro Bemejo, said, "I offer heartfelt thanks to the Government of Japan for their  unparalleled generosity to enable IPPF to respond to the needs of women and girls caught up in crises around the world. This generosity will allow IPPF and our local partners to provide a critical lifeline to the growing number of people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance."   By the end of December 2024, IPPF, through our local partners in the five countries, will aim to deliver health services and information to at least 239,000 people in total.   For further information, please contact Yuri Taniguchi, IPPF London Office, at [email protected].   Photo Credits: IPPF/Hannah Maule-ffinch/Sudan

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| 27 February 2024

Government of Japan awards IPPF $1.9 million to support women and girls affected by natural disasters and conflicts around the world

With support from the Government of Japan, International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) Member Associations in five countries, namely Afghanistan, Palestine, Sudan, Ukraine and Yemen, will provide urgent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services to communities affected by natural disasters and conflict situations.  These IPPF Member Associations will: Provide sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and maternal and child health services for women and girls and marginalized communities in six remote and flood affected provinces in Afghanistan; Provide urgent sexual and reproductive health services to communities affected by the escalating violence in Palestine; Improve accessibility of services and community sustainability to decrease sexual and reproductive health-related mortality and morbidity of women and girls in three States with high internally-displaced populations in Sudan; Restore health facilities and access to maternal health services in conflict affected areas for populations affected by the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine;  Provide critical sexual, reproductive and maternal health care to internally displaced people and local communities in Yemen. This vital funding from Japan will help with provision of badly needed but currently missing health services, especially for women, so that they can live with dignity and free from unwanted pregnancies, death of themselves and their newborns, and reproductive ill-health. It will allow us to provide essential and quality SRH and maternal and child health services in the communities, prevent and manage the consequences of sexual and gender-based violence, including the clinical management of rape, equip community-based midwives with skills to provide high quality obstetric and neonatal services and strengthen health information systems to collect high quality data to respond to the needs and priorities of women and girls’ health. IPPF Director General, Dr Alvaro Bemejo, said, "I offer heartfelt thanks to the Government of Japan for their  unparalleled generosity to enable IPPF to respond to the needs of women and girls caught up in crises around the world. This generosity will allow IPPF and our local partners to provide a critical lifeline to the growing number of people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance."   By the end of December 2024, IPPF, through our local partners in the five countries, will aim to deliver health services and information to at least 239,000 people in total.   For further information, please contact Yuri Taniguchi, IPPF London Office, at [email protected].   Photo Credits: IPPF/Hannah Maule-ffinch/Sudan

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| 01 December 2023

IPPF marks World AIDS Day by announcing the launch of a special program to roll out new biomedical HIV prevention methods

IPPF provides comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care to clients around the world. HIV testing, prevention, and treatment services are essential parts of our integrated sexual and reproductive health care package. To expand the choices individuals have to protect themselves from HIV, IPPF is excited to announce a special program to provide the newest methods of HIV prevention - injectable PrEP (a 2-monthly injection of cabotegravir-LA) and the vaginal ring (a monthly vaginal ring of dapivirine), as well as expanding where oral PrEP is offered. This program is being launched through a consortium of IPPF Member Associations called the Consortium to Advance Access to new HIV Prevention Products (CAAPP) - led by Family Planning Association of India, and including the Family Life Association of Eswatini, Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association, Family Planning Association of Malawi, Federation of Reproductive Health Associations, Malaysia, Family Planning Association of Nepal, and Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand. We hope this program will increase access to the number of ways people can protect themselves from HIV, supporting individual's choice to find an HIV prevention method that works for them.

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| 01 December 2023

IPPF marks World AIDS Day by announcing the launch of a special program to roll out new biomedical HIV prevention methods

IPPF provides comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care to clients around the world. HIV testing, prevention, and treatment services are essential parts of our integrated sexual and reproductive health care package. To expand the choices individuals have to protect themselves from HIV, IPPF is excited to announce a special program to provide the newest methods of HIV prevention - injectable PrEP (a 2-monthly injection of cabotegravir-LA) and the vaginal ring (a monthly vaginal ring of dapivirine), as well as expanding where oral PrEP is offered. This program is being launched through a consortium of IPPF Member Associations called the Consortium to Advance Access to new HIV Prevention Products (CAAPP) - led by Family Planning Association of India, and including the Family Life Association of Eswatini, Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association, Family Planning Association of Malawi, Federation of Reproductive Health Associations, Malaysia, Family Planning Association of Nepal, and Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand. We hope this program will increase access to the number of ways people can protect themselves from HIV, supporting individual's choice to find an HIV prevention method that works for them.

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| 24 November 2023

IPPF is awarded USAID-funded ExpandPF

The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is pleased to share that last month it was awarded the USAID-funded, five-year, $45 million Expand Family Planning and Sexual and Reproductive Health (ExpandPF) Activity following a competitive process. ExpandPF will scale up evidence-based family planning practices, including postpartum family planning and engaging community health workers, to improve access to and use of voluntary family planning services in poor and underserved urban and peri-urban populations. ExpandPF envisions a local-partner forward strategy and close engagement with young people for implementation in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritania, and Togo. IPPF brings strong experience improving access to client-centered, quality family planning and sexual and reproductive health care services as allowed under USAID regulations and local law. Its structure is designed to advance locally led development, engaging women and youth while reaching underserved and marginalized communities. Hortense Angoran Benie, MD, MPH will lead ExpandPF and has significant management experience with complex public health programs across West and Central Africa. IPPF’s partners include Options Consultancy Services, Etrilabs, and IPPF member associations in each of the four implementing countries: Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien-Être Familial (AIBEF), Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Être Familial (ATBEF), Association Mauritanienne pour la Promotion de la Famille (AMPF), and Cameroon National Association for Family Welfare (CAMNAFAW). The team also includes Viamo as sub-contractor. Through ExpandPF, the consortium will ultimately assist individuals to make voluntary, informed decisions about family planning with access to contraceptive methods and services. “IPPF is very proud to receive the ExpandPF award,” said Dr. Alvaro Bermejo, IPPF Director General. “It affirms our commitment to West and Central Africa and expanding contraceptive choice to underserved and marginalized populations. IPPF believes that by working with our esteemed partners, we can advance meaningful progress across the region.” "ExpandPF aligns well with IPPF's strategy of prioritizing access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health services for vulnerable women and girls in West and Central Africa,” said Marie-Evelyne Petrus-Barry, IPPF Africa Regional Director. USAID administers the U.S. foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide. The Agency is committed to helping countries meet the family planning and reproductive health needs of their people through voluntarism and informed choice.

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| 24 November 2023

IPPF is awarded USAID-funded ExpandPF

The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is pleased to share that last month it was awarded the USAID-funded, five-year, $45 million Expand Family Planning and Sexual and Reproductive Health (ExpandPF) Activity following a competitive process. ExpandPF will scale up evidence-based family planning practices, including postpartum family planning and engaging community health workers, to improve access to and use of voluntary family planning services in poor and underserved urban and peri-urban populations. ExpandPF envisions a local-partner forward strategy and close engagement with young people for implementation in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritania, and Togo. IPPF brings strong experience improving access to client-centered, quality family planning and sexual and reproductive health care services as allowed under USAID regulations and local law. Its structure is designed to advance locally led development, engaging women and youth while reaching underserved and marginalized communities. Hortense Angoran Benie, MD, MPH will lead ExpandPF and has significant management experience with complex public health programs across West and Central Africa. IPPF’s partners include Options Consultancy Services, Etrilabs, and IPPF member associations in each of the four implementing countries: Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien-Être Familial (AIBEF), Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Être Familial (ATBEF), Association Mauritanienne pour la Promotion de la Famille (AMPF), and Cameroon National Association for Family Welfare (CAMNAFAW). The team also includes Viamo as sub-contractor. Through ExpandPF, the consortium will ultimately assist individuals to make voluntary, informed decisions about family planning with access to contraceptive methods and services. “IPPF is very proud to receive the ExpandPF award,” said Dr. Alvaro Bermejo, IPPF Director General. “It affirms our commitment to West and Central Africa and expanding contraceptive choice to underserved and marginalized populations. IPPF believes that by working with our esteemed partners, we can advance meaningful progress across the region.” "ExpandPF aligns well with IPPF's strategy of prioritizing access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health services for vulnerable women and girls in West and Central Africa,” said Marie-Evelyne Petrus-Barry, IPPF Africa Regional Director. USAID administers the U.S. foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide. The Agency is committed to helping countries meet the family planning and reproductive health needs of their people through voluntarism and informed choice.

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| 23 October 2023

Enhancing Human Security through IPPF Humanitarian Projects in the Arab World Supported by the Government of Japan​

On 20 October, the IPPF Arab Regional Office (AWRO, in Tunisia) organised an event (supported by the Embassy of Japan in Tunisia) to discuss the achievements and learnings from humanitarian projects in five countries in the region (Yemen, Pakistan, Palestine, Mauritania and Lebanon) that were supported by the Japanese Government.  The event and subsequent reception (hosted by the Embassy of Japan in Tunisia), attended by Tunisian Minister of Health and government officials, the Japanese and other Ambassadors to Tunisia, representatives of international organisations, the Resident Representative of the JICA Tunisia office, representatives of IPPF Arab region and its Member Associations in the region, provided an excellent opportunity to present an overview of the results of these activities, a publication outlining lessons learned and good practices that can be used as a reference to further enhance the impact of the activities and a short film from the project activities.  H.E. Mr OSUGA Takeshi, who is the Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Tunisia, said: "Today's meeting seems to be the IPPF's perfect response to what UN Member States called for in this UN General Assembly resolution 76/304. And I welcome the analysis of the projects presented in the IPPF booklet prepared for this meeting. The booklet is based on UNDP's latest research on the concept of human security." H.E. Mr Ali Mrabet who is Tunisian Health Minister said: "Valued the Tunisian experience in leadership at the level of sexual and reproductive health sectors for many decades, and our country's national strategy for reproductive health and the exchange of experiences with Arab and African countries, in the framework of bilateral and tripartite cooperation and the success of the Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program and in the framework of the support of the International Planned Parenthood Federation for the Arab region in implementing reproductive health projects and programs and population issues, expressing its gratitude to the Government of Japan for its generous support and counter efforts to improve the health situation in the countries of the region." H.E. Mr Hayel al Fahoum, who is the Palestinian Ambassador to Tunisia, said:  “Valued the Tunisian experience in leadership at the level of sexual and reproductive health sectors for many decades, and our country's national strategy for reproductive health and the exchange of experiences with Arab and African countries, in the framework of bilateral and tripartite cooperation and the success of the Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program and in the framework of the support of the International Federation for Family Planning for the region Arabia in implementing reproductive health projects and programs and population issues, expressing its gratitude to the Government of Japan for its generous support and counter efforts to improve the health situation in the countries of the region.”  Mr Sami Natsheh, President of PFPPA President said:  “We thank the Japanese government and all participating entities for their significant support and ongoing collaboration. We hope this strong partnership continues to bring positive developments for the Palestinian people and helps us achieve our shared goals of improving human and health security in Palestine.”  Dr Fadoua Bakhadda, who is the Arab World Regional Director, said:  "It is indeed my great pleasure with kind support from H.E. Ambassador OSUGA, who is the real human security champion and a long-standing IPPF’s friend, and the Embassy of Japan in Tunisia, to host this important event at this critical time when the world should intensify our efforts to realize human security for all more than ever. Our new publication about the projects supported by the Government of Japan in Arabic, English, French and Japanese, which provides invaluable lessons for all development partners and practitioners in the region and all over the world. I really hope this event will play a catalytic role to enhance our solidarity among all participants who are here with us today.”  For further information, please contact Mustapha Kemayel (English, and Arabic, [email protected]) and Yuri Taniguchi (Japanese, [email protected]). 

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| 23 October 2023

Enhancing Human Security through IPPF Humanitarian Projects in the Arab World Supported by the Government of Japan​

On 20 October, the IPPF Arab Regional Office (AWRO, in Tunisia) organised an event (supported by the Embassy of Japan in Tunisia) to discuss the achievements and learnings from humanitarian projects in five countries in the region (Yemen, Pakistan, Palestine, Mauritania and Lebanon) that were supported by the Japanese Government.  The event and subsequent reception (hosted by the Embassy of Japan in Tunisia), attended by Tunisian Minister of Health and government officials, the Japanese and other Ambassadors to Tunisia, representatives of international organisations, the Resident Representative of the JICA Tunisia office, representatives of IPPF Arab region and its Member Associations in the region, provided an excellent opportunity to present an overview of the results of these activities, a publication outlining lessons learned and good practices that can be used as a reference to further enhance the impact of the activities and a short film from the project activities.  H.E. Mr OSUGA Takeshi, who is the Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Tunisia, said: "Today's meeting seems to be the IPPF's perfect response to what UN Member States called for in this UN General Assembly resolution 76/304. And I welcome the analysis of the projects presented in the IPPF booklet prepared for this meeting. The booklet is based on UNDP's latest research on the concept of human security." H.E. Mr Ali Mrabet who is Tunisian Health Minister said: "Valued the Tunisian experience in leadership at the level of sexual and reproductive health sectors for many decades, and our country's national strategy for reproductive health and the exchange of experiences with Arab and African countries, in the framework of bilateral and tripartite cooperation and the success of the Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program and in the framework of the support of the International Planned Parenthood Federation for the Arab region in implementing reproductive health projects and programs and population issues, expressing its gratitude to the Government of Japan for its generous support and counter efforts to improve the health situation in the countries of the region." H.E. Mr Hayel al Fahoum, who is the Palestinian Ambassador to Tunisia, said:  “Valued the Tunisian experience in leadership at the level of sexual and reproductive health sectors for many decades, and our country's national strategy for reproductive health and the exchange of experiences with Arab and African countries, in the framework of bilateral and tripartite cooperation and the success of the Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program and in the framework of the support of the International Federation for Family Planning for the region Arabia in implementing reproductive health projects and programs and population issues, expressing its gratitude to the Government of Japan for its generous support and counter efforts to improve the health situation in the countries of the region.”  Mr Sami Natsheh, President of PFPPA President said:  “We thank the Japanese government and all participating entities for their significant support and ongoing collaboration. We hope this strong partnership continues to bring positive developments for the Palestinian people and helps us achieve our shared goals of improving human and health security in Palestine.”  Dr Fadoua Bakhadda, who is the Arab World Regional Director, said:  "It is indeed my great pleasure with kind support from H.E. Ambassador OSUGA, who is the real human security champion and a long-standing IPPF’s friend, and the Embassy of Japan in Tunisia, to host this important event at this critical time when the world should intensify our efforts to realize human security for all more than ever. Our new publication about the projects supported by the Government of Japan in Arabic, English, French and Japanese, which provides invaluable lessons for all development partners and practitioners in the region and all over the world. I really hope this event will play a catalytic role to enhance our solidarity among all participants who are here with us today.”  For further information, please contact Mustapha Kemayel (English, and Arabic, [email protected]) and Yuri Taniguchi (Japanese, [email protected]). 

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| 14 September 2023

IPPF Celebrates the Launch of the HIV Prevention Choice Manifesto

The International Planned Parenthood Federation congratulates the African Women Prevention Community Accountability Board for launching the HIV Prevention Choice Manifesto.  IPPF is in full support of the Choice Manifesto, which prioritizes the principle of choice to ensure that women and girls have the right to choose which HIV prevention methods work for them.The Choice Manifesto was driven by the African Women Prevention Community Accountability Board, which is made up of diverse voices of African women and girls, feminists and HIV prevention advocates across Southern and Eastern Africa.   Choice matters. As outlined in the Choice Manifesto, for the first time in the history of the HIV epidemic, it is possible to build a prevention programme centered around choice - including oral PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), the Dapivirine vaginal ring, injectable Cabotegravir, and condoms, with straightforward language about risks and benefits, and supportive counseling in selecting options that meet an individual’s needs. In order for women and girls to truly have choice about what works for them as they navigate different stages and circumstances of their lives, policy makers, donors, governments and implementers must ensure the mix of HIV prevention methods are available, accessible, and affordable.   African women and girls need to be at the center and forefront of research and decisions about access to products that are safe and effective. Research for new products needs to prioritise additional systemic and non-systemic options, including Multi-Purpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) that will protect against unintended pregnancy, STIs and HIV.  IPPF is committed to providing the fullest possible range of integrated, affordable, and quality sexual and reproductive health care. Our new five-year strategy, Come Together, focuses on expanding choice. In support of this, we recently launched a special programme to expand our HIV prevention options, which aims to integrate the newest HIV prevention methods – the vaginal ring and injectable PrEP - into our comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services.   Together with other global stakeholders, IPPF will work to ensure that choice in HIV prevention is a reality for women and girls as we work towards a future free of HIV in Africa and beyond. Read more about the launch on the UNAIDS website. Banner image by Tanya Korniichuk for Fine Acts x The Greats

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| 14 September 2023

IPPF Celebrates the Launch of the HIV Prevention Choice Manifesto

The International Planned Parenthood Federation congratulates the African Women Prevention Community Accountability Board for launching the HIV Prevention Choice Manifesto.  IPPF is in full support of the Choice Manifesto, which prioritizes the principle of choice to ensure that women and girls have the right to choose which HIV prevention methods work for them.The Choice Manifesto was driven by the African Women Prevention Community Accountability Board, which is made up of diverse voices of African women and girls, feminists and HIV prevention advocates across Southern and Eastern Africa.   Choice matters. As outlined in the Choice Manifesto, for the first time in the history of the HIV epidemic, it is possible to build a prevention programme centered around choice - including oral PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), the Dapivirine vaginal ring, injectable Cabotegravir, and condoms, with straightforward language about risks and benefits, and supportive counseling in selecting options that meet an individual’s needs. In order for women and girls to truly have choice about what works for them as they navigate different stages and circumstances of their lives, policy makers, donors, governments and implementers must ensure the mix of HIV prevention methods are available, accessible, and affordable.   African women and girls need to be at the center and forefront of research and decisions about access to products that are safe and effective. Research for new products needs to prioritise additional systemic and non-systemic options, including Multi-Purpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) that will protect against unintended pregnancy, STIs and HIV.  IPPF is committed to providing the fullest possible range of integrated, affordable, and quality sexual and reproductive health care. Our new five-year strategy, Come Together, focuses on expanding choice. In support of this, we recently launched a special programme to expand our HIV prevention options, which aims to integrate the newest HIV prevention methods – the vaginal ring and injectable PrEP - into our comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services.   Together with other global stakeholders, IPPF will work to ensure that choice in HIV prevention is a reality for women and girls as we work towards a future free of HIV in Africa and beyond. Read more about the launch on the UNAIDS website. Banner image by Tanya Korniichuk for Fine Acts x The Greats

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| 13 September 2023

Tribute to Jens van Roey, a pioneering, inspiring doctor and HIV activist

IPPF Director General Alvaro Bermejo, former Executive Director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, reflects on the life of the pioneering, inspiring doctor, HIV activist and devoted Trustee of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, whose passion and work shaped what is now Frontline AIDS  The most extraordinary Jens van Roey will no longer be seen cycling through life. His legacy will continue and expand in so many of us who got to experience his determination to live and to make a contribution.  A medical doctor, devoted to his work in Africa, it was a phone call from his own Belgian doctor in autumn of 1988 that changed his life: he was HIV+. Not a death sentence but a call to live fully. Jens dedicated his life to breaking the silence, informing communities and researching a treatment through Tibotec -a start-up pharma that he had helped to create.  I first met him in 2003 when I was interviewing for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance job and from that day on I was proud to have found a mentor and friend. Jens walked a powerful line as an activist researcher and a person living with HIV. With UNAIDS he led the process that agreed the GIPA Principles – the Greater Involvement of people with AIDS. He was always the most community oriented member of the Board… and then he would remind you that he was actually the private sector guy working for pharma. He had been part of building it from the start and never missed a meeting; he never let the incredibly aggressive treatments that were being tested on his own body stop him from travelling and contributing. His passion, his caring, was much stronger than any of that.  He got to celebrate his 60th birthday and decided to retire while staying actively engaged with two of his babies: the Alliance and the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM). By then IPM was working on the dapivirine ring – the female-controlled product that he had devoted his work to developing.   His other great passion was cycling the world with his wife Bieke. Together they raised money for small HIV organisations and for the projects they continued supporting in Congo.   A decade – and a few cancers - later, he celebrated his 70th birthday. Sadly it would be his last. I had the privilege of catching up with him a few weeks later. He showed me the beautiful city of Mechelen, in Belgium, and passionately explained how good, progressive leadership can have a real impact on people’s lives, and we talked about his son and daughter, and how proud he was of their work and of his grand children but more than anything, we talked about the potential of a female controlled technology, one that can prevent HIV infection and unwanted pregnancies reaching the market  He was not ready to go. But that is because he never will leave us. Our hearts and minds are with his wife Bieke, son, daughter, his grandchildren and all who loved him and were inspired by him.  Banner image of Dr. van Roey in the Democratic Republic of the Congo originally appears in this piece by Johnson & Johnson.

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| 13 September 2023

Tribute to Jens van Roey, a pioneering, inspiring doctor and HIV activist

IPPF Director General Alvaro Bermejo, former Executive Director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, reflects on the life of the pioneering, inspiring doctor, HIV activist and devoted Trustee of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, whose passion and work shaped what is now Frontline AIDS  The most extraordinary Jens van Roey will no longer be seen cycling through life. His legacy will continue and expand in so many of us who got to experience his determination to live and to make a contribution.  A medical doctor, devoted to his work in Africa, it was a phone call from his own Belgian doctor in autumn of 1988 that changed his life: he was HIV+. Not a death sentence but a call to live fully. Jens dedicated his life to breaking the silence, informing communities and researching a treatment through Tibotec -a start-up pharma that he had helped to create.  I first met him in 2003 when I was interviewing for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance job and from that day on I was proud to have found a mentor and friend. Jens walked a powerful line as an activist researcher and a person living with HIV. With UNAIDS he led the process that agreed the GIPA Principles – the Greater Involvement of people with AIDS. He was always the most community oriented member of the Board… and then he would remind you that he was actually the private sector guy working for pharma. He had been part of building it from the start and never missed a meeting; he never let the incredibly aggressive treatments that were being tested on his own body stop him from travelling and contributing. His passion, his caring, was much stronger than any of that.  He got to celebrate his 60th birthday and decided to retire while staying actively engaged with two of his babies: the Alliance and the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM). By then IPM was working on the dapivirine ring – the female-controlled product that he had devoted his work to developing.   His other great passion was cycling the world with his wife Bieke. Together they raised money for small HIV organisations and for the projects they continued supporting in Congo.   A decade – and a few cancers - later, he celebrated his 70th birthday. Sadly it would be his last. I had the privilege of catching up with him a few weeks later. He showed me the beautiful city of Mechelen, in Belgium, and passionately explained how good, progressive leadership can have a real impact on people’s lives, and we talked about his son and daughter, and how proud he was of their work and of his grand children but more than anything, we talked about the potential of a female controlled technology, one that can prevent HIV infection and unwanted pregnancies reaching the market  He was not ready to go. But that is because he never will leave us. Our hearts and minds are with his wife Bieke, son, daughter, his grandchildren and all who loved him and were inspired by him.  Banner image of Dr. van Roey in the Democratic Republic of the Congo originally appears in this piece by Johnson & Johnson.

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| 27 February 2024

Government of Japan awards IPPF $1.9 million to support women and girls affected by natural disasters and conflicts around the world

With support from the Government of Japan, International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) Member Associations in five countries, namely Afghanistan, Palestine, Sudan, Ukraine and Yemen, will provide urgent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services to communities affected by natural disasters and conflict situations.  These IPPF Member Associations will: Provide sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and maternal and child health services for women and girls and marginalized communities in six remote and flood affected provinces in Afghanistan; Provide urgent sexual and reproductive health services to communities affected by the escalating violence in Palestine; Improve accessibility of services and community sustainability to decrease sexual and reproductive health-related mortality and morbidity of women and girls in three States with high internally-displaced populations in Sudan; Restore health facilities and access to maternal health services in conflict affected areas for populations affected by the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine;  Provide critical sexual, reproductive and maternal health care to internally displaced people and local communities in Yemen. This vital funding from Japan will help with provision of badly needed but currently missing health services, especially for women, so that they can live with dignity and free from unwanted pregnancies, death of themselves and their newborns, and reproductive ill-health. It will allow us to provide essential and quality SRH and maternal and child health services in the communities, prevent and manage the consequences of sexual and gender-based violence, including the clinical management of rape, equip community-based midwives with skills to provide high quality obstetric and neonatal services and strengthen health information systems to collect high quality data to respond to the needs and priorities of women and girls’ health. IPPF Director General, Dr Alvaro Bemejo, said, "I offer heartfelt thanks to the Government of Japan for their  unparalleled generosity to enable IPPF to respond to the needs of women and girls caught up in crises around the world. This generosity will allow IPPF and our local partners to provide a critical lifeline to the growing number of people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance."   By the end of December 2024, IPPF, through our local partners in the five countries, will aim to deliver health services and information to at least 239,000 people in total.   For further information, please contact Yuri Taniguchi, IPPF London Office, at [email protected].   Photo Credits: IPPF/Hannah Maule-ffinch/Sudan

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| 27 February 2024

Government of Japan awards IPPF $1.9 million to support women and girls affected by natural disasters and conflicts around the world

With support from the Government of Japan, International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) Member Associations in five countries, namely Afghanistan, Palestine, Sudan, Ukraine and Yemen, will provide urgent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services to communities affected by natural disasters and conflict situations.  These IPPF Member Associations will: Provide sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and maternal and child health services for women and girls and marginalized communities in six remote and flood affected provinces in Afghanistan; Provide urgent sexual and reproductive health services to communities affected by the escalating violence in Palestine; Improve accessibility of services and community sustainability to decrease sexual and reproductive health-related mortality and morbidity of women and girls in three States with high internally-displaced populations in Sudan; Restore health facilities and access to maternal health services in conflict affected areas for populations affected by the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine;  Provide critical sexual, reproductive and maternal health care to internally displaced people and local communities in Yemen. This vital funding from Japan will help with provision of badly needed but currently missing health services, especially for women, so that they can live with dignity and free from unwanted pregnancies, death of themselves and their newborns, and reproductive ill-health. It will allow us to provide essential and quality SRH and maternal and child health services in the communities, prevent and manage the consequences of sexual and gender-based violence, including the clinical management of rape, equip community-based midwives with skills to provide high quality obstetric and neonatal services and strengthen health information systems to collect high quality data to respond to the needs and priorities of women and girls’ health. IPPF Director General, Dr Alvaro Bemejo, said, "I offer heartfelt thanks to the Government of Japan for their  unparalleled generosity to enable IPPF to respond to the needs of women and girls caught up in crises around the world. This generosity will allow IPPF and our local partners to provide a critical lifeline to the growing number of people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance."   By the end of December 2024, IPPF, through our local partners in the five countries, will aim to deliver health services and information to at least 239,000 people in total.   For further information, please contact Yuri Taniguchi, IPPF London Office, at [email protected].   Photo Credits: IPPF/Hannah Maule-ffinch/Sudan

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| 01 December 2023

IPPF marks World AIDS Day by announcing the launch of a special program to roll out new biomedical HIV prevention methods

IPPF provides comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care to clients around the world. HIV testing, prevention, and treatment services are essential parts of our integrated sexual and reproductive health care package. To expand the choices individuals have to protect themselves from HIV, IPPF is excited to announce a special program to provide the newest methods of HIV prevention - injectable PrEP (a 2-monthly injection of cabotegravir-LA) and the vaginal ring (a monthly vaginal ring of dapivirine), as well as expanding where oral PrEP is offered. This program is being launched through a consortium of IPPF Member Associations called the Consortium to Advance Access to new HIV Prevention Products (CAAPP) - led by Family Planning Association of India, and including the Family Life Association of Eswatini, Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association, Family Planning Association of Malawi, Federation of Reproductive Health Associations, Malaysia, Family Planning Association of Nepal, and Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand. We hope this program will increase access to the number of ways people can protect themselves from HIV, supporting individual's choice to find an HIV prevention method that works for them.

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| 01 December 2023

IPPF marks World AIDS Day by announcing the launch of a special program to roll out new biomedical HIV prevention methods

IPPF provides comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care to clients around the world. HIV testing, prevention, and treatment services are essential parts of our integrated sexual and reproductive health care package. To expand the choices individuals have to protect themselves from HIV, IPPF is excited to announce a special program to provide the newest methods of HIV prevention - injectable PrEP (a 2-monthly injection of cabotegravir-LA) and the vaginal ring (a monthly vaginal ring of dapivirine), as well as expanding where oral PrEP is offered. This program is being launched through a consortium of IPPF Member Associations called the Consortium to Advance Access to new HIV Prevention Products (CAAPP) - led by Family Planning Association of India, and including the Family Life Association of Eswatini, Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association, Family Planning Association of Malawi, Federation of Reproductive Health Associations, Malaysia, Family Planning Association of Nepal, and Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand. We hope this program will increase access to the number of ways people can protect themselves from HIV, supporting individual's choice to find an HIV prevention method that works for them.

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| 24 November 2023

IPPF is awarded USAID-funded ExpandPF

The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is pleased to share that last month it was awarded the USAID-funded, five-year, $45 million Expand Family Planning and Sexual and Reproductive Health (ExpandPF) Activity following a competitive process. ExpandPF will scale up evidence-based family planning practices, including postpartum family planning and engaging community health workers, to improve access to and use of voluntary family planning services in poor and underserved urban and peri-urban populations. ExpandPF envisions a local-partner forward strategy and close engagement with young people for implementation in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritania, and Togo. IPPF brings strong experience improving access to client-centered, quality family planning and sexual and reproductive health care services as allowed under USAID regulations and local law. Its structure is designed to advance locally led development, engaging women and youth while reaching underserved and marginalized communities. Hortense Angoran Benie, MD, MPH will lead ExpandPF and has significant management experience with complex public health programs across West and Central Africa. IPPF’s partners include Options Consultancy Services, Etrilabs, and IPPF member associations in each of the four implementing countries: Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien-Être Familial (AIBEF), Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Être Familial (ATBEF), Association Mauritanienne pour la Promotion de la Famille (AMPF), and Cameroon National Association for Family Welfare (CAMNAFAW). The team also includes Viamo as sub-contractor. Through ExpandPF, the consortium will ultimately assist individuals to make voluntary, informed decisions about family planning with access to contraceptive methods and services. “IPPF is very proud to receive the ExpandPF award,” said Dr. Alvaro Bermejo, IPPF Director General. “It affirms our commitment to West and Central Africa and expanding contraceptive choice to underserved and marginalized populations. IPPF believes that by working with our esteemed partners, we can advance meaningful progress across the region.” "ExpandPF aligns well with IPPF's strategy of prioritizing access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health services for vulnerable women and girls in West and Central Africa,” said Marie-Evelyne Petrus-Barry, IPPF Africa Regional Director. USAID administers the U.S. foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide. The Agency is committed to helping countries meet the family planning and reproductive health needs of their people through voluntarism and informed choice.

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| 24 November 2023

IPPF is awarded USAID-funded ExpandPF

The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is pleased to share that last month it was awarded the USAID-funded, five-year, $45 million Expand Family Planning and Sexual and Reproductive Health (ExpandPF) Activity following a competitive process. ExpandPF will scale up evidence-based family planning practices, including postpartum family planning and engaging community health workers, to improve access to and use of voluntary family planning services in poor and underserved urban and peri-urban populations. ExpandPF envisions a local-partner forward strategy and close engagement with young people for implementation in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritania, and Togo. IPPF brings strong experience improving access to client-centered, quality family planning and sexual and reproductive health care services as allowed under USAID regulations and local law. Its structure is designed to advance locally led development, engaging women and youth while reaching underserved and marginalized communities. Hortense Angoran Benie, MD, MPH will lead ExpandPF and has significant management experience with complex public health programs across West and Central Africa. IPPF’s partners include Options Consultancy Services, Etrilabs, and IPPF member associations in each of the four implementing countries: Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien-Être Familial (AIBEF), Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Être Familial (ATBEF), Association Mauritanienne pour la Promotion de la Famille (AMPF), and Cameroon National Association for Family Welfare (CAMNAFAW). The team also includes Viamo as sub-contractor. Through ExpandPF, the consortium will ultimately assist individuals to make voluntary, informed decisions about family planning with access to contraceptive methods and services. “IPPF is very proud to receive the ExpandPF award,” said Dr. Alvaro Bermejo, IPPF Director General. “It affirms our commitment to West and Central Africa and expanding contraceptive choice to underserved and marginalized populations. IPPF believes that by working with our esteemed partners, we can advance meaningful progress across the region.” "ExpandPF aligns well with IPPF's strategy of prioritizing access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health services for vulnerable women and girls in West and Central Africa,” said Marie-Evelyne Petrus-Barry, IPPF Africa Regional Director. USAID administers the U.S. foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide. The Agency is committed to helping countries meet the family planning and reproductive health needs of their people through voluntarism and informed choice.

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| 23 October 2023

Enhancing Human Security through IPPF Humanitarian Projects in the Arab World Supported by the Government of Japan​

On 20 October, the IPPF Arab Regional Office (AWRO, in Tunisia) organised an event (supported by the Embassy of Japan in Tunisia) to discuss the achievements and learnings from humanitarian projects in five countries in the region (Yemen, Pakistan, Palestine, Mauritania and Lebanon) that were supported by the Japanese Government.  The event and subsequent reception (hosted by the Embassy of Japan in Tunisia), attended by Tunisian Minister of Health and government officials, the Japanese and other Ambassadors to Tunisia, representatives of international organisations, the Resident Representative of the JICA Tunisia office, representatives of IPPF Arab region and its Member Associations in the region, provided an excellent opportunity to present an overview of the results of these activities, a publication outlining lessons learned and good practices that can be used as a reference to further enhance the impact of the activities and a short film from the project activities.  H.E. Mr OSUGA Takeshi, who is the Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Tunisia, said: "Today's meeting seems to be the IPPF's perfect response to what UN Member States called for in this UN General Assembly resolution 76/304. And I welcome the analysis of the projects presented in the IPPF booklet prepared for this meeting. The booklet is based on UNDP's latest research on the concept of human security." H.E. Mr Ali Mrabet who is Tunisian Health Minister said: "Valued the Tunisian experience in leadership at the level of sexual and reproductive health sectors for many decades, and our country's national strategy for reproductive health and the exchange of experiences with Arab and African countries, in the framework of bilateral and tripartite cooperation and the success of the Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program and in the framework of the support of the International Planned Parenthood Federation for the Arab region in implementing reproductive health projects and programs and population issues, expressing its gratitude to the Government of Japan for its generous support and counter efforts to improve the health situation in the countries of the region." H.E. Mr Hayel al Fahoum, who is the Palestinian Ambassador to Tunisia, said:  “Valued the Tunisian experience in leadership at the level of sexual and reproductive health sectors for many decades, and our country's national strategy for reproductive health and the exchange of experiences with Arab and African countries, in the framework of bilateral and tripartite cooperation and the success of the Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program and in the framework of the support of the International Federation for Family Planning for the region Arabia in implementing reproductive health projects and programs and population issues, expressing its gratitude to the Government of Japan for its generous support and counter efforts to improve the health situation in the countries of the region.”  Mr Sami Natsheh, President of PFPPA President said:  “We thank the Japanese government and all participating entities for their significant support and ongoing collaboration. We hope this strong partnership continues to bring positive developments for the Palestinian people and helps us achieve our shared goals of improving human and health security in Palestine.”  Dr Fadoua Bakhadda, who is the Arab World Regional Director, said:  "It is indeed my great pleasure with kind support from H.E. Ambassador OSUGA, who is the real human security champion and a long-standing IPPF’s friend, and the Embassy of Japan in Tunisia, to host this important event at this critical time when the world should intensify our efforts to realize human security for all more than ever. Our new publication about the projects supported by the Government of Japan in Arabic, English, French and Japanese, which provides invaluable lessons for all development partners and practitioners in the region and all over the world. I really hope this event will play a catalytic role to enhance our solidarity among all participants who are here with us today.”  For further information, please contact Mustapha Kemayel (English, and Arabic, [email protected]) and Yuri Taniguchi (Japanese, [email protected]). 

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| 23 October 2023

Enhancing Human Security through IPPF Humanitarian Projects in the Arab World Supported by the Government of Japan​

On 20 October, the IPPF Arab Regional Office (AWRO, in Tunisia) organised an event (supported by the Embassy of Japan in Tunisia) to discuss the achievements and learnings from humanitarian projects in five countries in the region (Yemen, Pakistan, Palestine, Mauritania and Lebanon) that were supported by the Japanese Government.  The event and subsequent reception (hosted by the Embassy of Japan in Tunisia), attended by Tunisian Minister of Health and government officials, the Japanese and other Ambassadors to Tunisia, representatives of international organisations, the Resident Representative of the JICA Tunisia office, representatives of IPPF Arab region and its Member Associations in the region, provided an excellent opportunity to present an overview of the results of these activities, a publication outlining lessons learned and good practices that can be used as a reference to further enhance the impact of the activities and a short film from the project activities.  H.E. Mr OSUGA Takeshi, who is the Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Tunisia, said: "Today's meeting seems to be the IPPF's perfect response to what UN Member States called for in this UN General Assembly resolution 76/304. And I welcome the analysis of the projects presented in the IPPF booklet prepared for this meeting. The booklet is based on UNDP's latest research on the concept of human security." H.E. Mr Ali Mrabet who is Tunisian Health Minister said: "Valued the Tunisian experience in leadership at the level of sexual and reproductive health sectors for many decades, and our country's national strategy for reproductive health and the exchange of experiences with Arab and African countries, in the framework of bilateral and tripartite cooperation and the success of the Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program and in the framework of the support of the International Planned Parenthood Federation for the Arab region in implementing reproductive health projects and programs and population issues, expressing its gratitude to the Government of Japan for its generous support and counter efforts to improve the health situation in the countries of the region." H.E. Mr Hayel al Fahoum, who is the Palestinian Ambassador to Tunisia, said:  “Valued the Tunisian experience in leadership at the level of sexual and reproductive health sectors for many decades, and our country's national strategy for reproductive health and the exchange of experiences with Arab and African countries, in the framework of bilateral and tripartite cooperation and the success of the Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program and in the framework of the support of the International Federation for Family Planning for the region Arabia in implementing reproductive health projects and programs and population issues, expressing its gratitude to the Government of Japan for its generous support and counter efforts to improve the health situation in the countries of the region.”  Mr Sami Natsheh, President of PFPPA President said:  “We thank the Japanese government and all participating entities for their significant support and ongoing collaboration. We hope this strong partnership continues to bring positive developments for the Palestinian people and helps us achieve our shared goals of improving human and health security in Palestine.”  Dr Fadoua Bakhadda, who is the Arab World Regional Director, said:  "It is indeed my great pleasure with kind support from H.E. Ambassador OSUGA, who is the real human security champion and a long-standing IPPF’s friend, and the Embassy of Japan in Tunisia, to host this important event at this critical time when the world should intensify our efforts to realize human security for all more than ever. Our new publication about the projects supported by the Government of Japan in Arabic, English, French and Japanese, which provides invaluable lessons for all development partners and practitioners in the region and all over the world. I really hope this event will play a catalytic role to enhance our solidarity among all participants who are here with us today.”  For further information, please contact Mustapha Kemayel (English, and Arabic, [email protected]) and Yuri Taniguchi (Japanese, [email protected]). 

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| 14 September 2023

IPPF Celebrates the Launch of the HIV Prevention Choice Manifesto

The International Planned Parenthood Federation congratulates the African Women Prevention Community Accountability Board for launching the HIV Prevention Choice Manifesto.  IPPF is in full support of the Choice Manifesto, which prioritizes the principle of choice to ensure that women and girls have the right to choose which HIV prevention methods work for them.The Choice Manifesto was driven by the African Women Prevention Community Accountability Board, which is made up of diverse voices of African women and girls, feminists and HIV prevention advocates across Southern and Eastern Africa.   Choice matters. As outlined in the Choice Manifesto, for the first time in the history of the HIV epidemic, it is possible to build a prevention programme centered around choice - including oral PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), the Dapivirine vaginal ring, injectable Cabotegravir, and condoms, with straightforward language about risks and benefits, and supportive counseling in selecting options that meet an individual’s needs. In order for women and girls to truly have choice about what works for them as they navigate different stages and circumstances of their lives, policy makers, donors, governments and implementers must ensure the mix of HIV prevention methods are available, accessible, and affordable.   African women and girls need to be at the center and forefront of research and decisions about access to products that are safe and effective. Research for new products needs to prioritise additional systemic and non-systemic options, including Multi-Purpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) that will protect against unintended pregnancy, STIs and HIV.  IPPF is committed to providing the fullest possible range of integrated, affordable, and quality sexual and reproductive health care. Our new five-year strategy, Come Together, focuses on expanding choice. In support of this, we recently launched a special programme to expand our HIV prevention options, which aims to integrate the newest HIV prevention methods – the vaginal ring and injectable PrEP - into our comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services.   Together with other global stakeholders, IPPF will work to ensure that choice in HIV prevention is a reality for women and girls as we work towards a future free of HIV in Africa and beyond. Read more about the launch on the UNAIDS website. Banner image by Tanya Korniichuk for Fine Acts x The Greats

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| 14 September 2023

IPPF Celebrates the Launch of the HIV Prevention Choice Manifesto

The International Planned Parenthood Federation congratulates the African Women Prevention Community Accountability Board for launching the HIV Prevention Choice Manifesto.  IPPF is in full support of the Choice Manifesto, which prioritizes the principle of choice to ensure that women and girls have the right to choose which HIV prevention methods work for them.The Choice Manifesto was driven by the African Women Prevention Community Accountability Board, which is made up of diverse voices of African women and girls, feminists and HIV prevention advocates across Southern and Eastern Africa.   Choice matters. As outlined in the Choice Manifesto, for the first time in the history of the HIV epidemic, it is possible to build a prevention programme centered around choice - including oral PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), the Dapivirine vaginal ring, injectable Cabotegravir, and condoms, with straightforward language about risks and benefits, and supportive counseling in selecting options that meet an individual’s needs. In order for women and girls to truly have choice about what works for them as they navigate different stages and circumstances of their lives, policy makers, donors, governments and implementers must ensure the mix of HIV prevention methods are available, accessible, and affordable.   African women and girls need to be at the center and forefront of research and decisions about access to products that are safe and effective. Research for new products needs to prioritise additional systemic and non-systemic options, including Multi-Purpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) that will protect against unintended pregnancy, STIs and HIV.  IPPF is committed to providing the fullest possible range of integrated, affordable, and quality sexual and reproductive health care. Our new five-year strategy, Come Together, focuses on expanding choice. In support of this, we recently launched a special programme to expand our HIV prevention options, which aims to integrate the newest HIV prevention methods – the vaginal ring and injectable PrEP - into our comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services.   Together with other global stakeholders, IPPF will work to ensure that choice in HIV prevention is a reality for women and girls as we work towards a future free of HIV in Africa and beyond. Read more about the launch on the UNAIDS website. Banner image by Tanya Korniichuk for Fine Acts x The Greats

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| 13 September 2023

Tribute to Jens van Roey, a pioneering, inspiring doctor and HIV activist

IPPF Director General Alvaro Bermejo, former Executive Director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, reflects on the life of the pioneering, inspiring doctor, HIV activist and devoted Trustee of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, whose passion and work shaped what is now Frontline AIDS  The most extraordinary Jens van Roey will no longer be seen cycling through life. His legacy will continue and expand in so many of us who got to experience his determination to live and to make a contribution.  A medical doctor, devoted to his work in Africa, it was a phone call from his own Belgian doctor in autumn of 1988 that changed his life: he was HIV+. Not a death sentence but a call to live fully. Jens dedicated his life to breaking the silence, informing communities and researching a treatment through Tibotec -a start-up pharma that he had helped to create.  I first met him in 2003 when I was interviewing for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance job and from that day on I was proud to have found a mentor and friend. Jens walked a powerful line as an activist researcher and a person living with HIV. With UNAIDS he led the process that agreed the GIPA Principles – the Greater Involvement of people with AIDS. He was always the most community oriented member of the Board… and then he would remind you that he was actually the private sector guy working for pharma. He had been part of building it from the start and never missed a meeting; he never let the incredibly aggressive treatments that were being tested on his own body stop him from travelling and contributing. His passion, his caring, was much stronger than any of that.  He got to celebrate his 60th birthday and decided to retire while staying actively engaged with two of his babies: the Alliance and the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM). By then IPM was working on the dapivirine ring – the female-controlled product that he had devoted his work to developing.   His other great passion was cycling the world with his wife Bieke. Together they raised money for small HIV organisations and for the projects they continued supporting in Congo.   A decade – and a few cancers - later, he celebrated his 70th birthday. Sadly it would be his last. I had the privilege of catching up with him a few weeks later. He showed me the beautiful city of Mechelen, in Belgium, and passionately explained how good, progressive leadership can have a real impact on people’s lives, and we talked about his son and daughter, and how proud he was of their work and of his grand children but more than anything, we talked about the potential of a female controlled technology, one that can prevent HIV infection and unwanted pregnancies reaching the market  He was not ready to go. But that is because he never will leave us. Our hearts and minds are with his wife Bieke, son, daughter, his grandchildren and all who loved him and were inspired by him.  Banner image of Dr. van Roey in the Democratic Republic of the Congo originally appears in this piece by Johnson & Johnson.

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| 13 September 2023

Tribute to Jens van Roey, a pioneering, inspiring doctor and HIV activist

IPPF Director General Alvaro Bermejo, former Executive Director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, reflects on the life of the pioneering, inspiring doctor, HIV activist and devoted Trustee of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, whose passion and work shaped what is now Frontline AIDS  The most extraordinary Jens van Roey will no longer be seen cycling through life. His legacy will continue and expand in so many of us who got to experience his determination to live and to make a contribution.  A medical doctor, devoted to his work in Africa, it was a phone call from his own Belgian doctor in autumn of 1988 that changed his life: he was HIV+. Not a death sentence but a call to live fully. Jens dedicated his life to breaking the silence, informing communities and researching a treatment through Tibotec -a start-up pharma that he had helped to create.  I first met him in 2003 when I was interviewing for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance job and from that day on I was proud to have found a mentor and friend. Jens walked a powerful line as an activist researcher and a person living with HIV. With UNAIDS he led the process that agreed the GIPA Principles – the Greater Involvement of people with AIDS. He was always the most community oriented member of the Board… and then he would remind you that he was actually the private sector guy working for pharma. He had been part of building it from the start and never missed a meeting; he never let the incredibly aggressive treatments that were being tested on his own body stop him from travelling and contributing. His passion, his caring, was much stronger than any of that.  He got to celebrate his 60th birthday and decided to retire while staying actively engaged with two of his babies: the Alliance and the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM). By then IPM was working on the dapivirine ring – the female-controlled product that he had devoted his work to developing.   His other great passion was cycling the world with his wife Bieke. Together they raised money for small HIV organisations and for the projects they continued supporting in Congo.   A decade – and a few cancers - later, he celebrated his 70th birthday. Sadly it would be his last. I had the privilege of catching up with him a few weeks later. He showed me the beautiful city of Mechelen, in Belgium, and passionately explained how good, progressive leadership can have a real impact on people’s lives, and we talked about his son and daughter, and how proud he was of their work and of his grand children but more than anything, we talked about the potential of a female controlled technology, one that can prevent HIV infection and unwanted pregnancies reaching the market  He was not ready to go. But that is because he never will leave us. Our hearts and minds are with his wife Bieke, son, daughter, his grandchildren and all who loved him and were inspired by him.  Banner image of Dr. van Roey in the Democratic Republic of the Congo originally appears in this piece by Johnson & Johnson.