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The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) cover more than 40% of the world’s population. Cooperation between BRICS countries offers opportunities to share national challenges, approaches and learnings around sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment. IPPF has been working with the BRICS governments in support of a seminar series for officials and experts on population and development issues.
The Cyprus Family Planning Association (CFPA) was founded in 1971 and became an IPPF Member Association in 1972. It runs a family planning clinic in Nicosia, providing a range of services, including HIV and AIDS testing. The facility draws on the help of a number of volunteer gynaecologists. Hundreds of young people provide peer group counselling, and also run a telephone helpline and workshops on sex education and sexuality awareness on a voluntary basis.
This is the outcome document of the BRICS meeting in Brasilia February 2015.
Vassilis is an openly gay man from Cyprus, where he volunteered and worked for the Cyprus Family Planning Association (CFPA). Conservative values have a significant influence over public opinion in Cyprus when it comes to LGBTI rights. Vassilis is an intern at the IPPF European Network office.
BRICS collaboration is a valuable opportunity to advance population matters says new report
14 April, United Nations, New York: BRICS countries collaboration on population matters helps create progress on reducing poverty and inequality, through improving the health and well-being of billions of people. Learning from each other’s experience enables BRICS governments to assess what works to address the needs of vulnerable groups and integrate population factors into national development plans.
Government Ministers, officials and experts responsible for population matters from the Federal Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, Republic of India, People’s Republic of China, and Republic of South Africa came together to discuss policies, collaboration, shared opportunities and challenges related to population in Brasilia this week.
On 22 July, IPPF European Network and South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka launched a series of HIV prevention report cards for sex workers at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia.
The launch was an opportunity to discuss new research and policy recommendations relating to this group at the single biggest global meeting of governments, businesses, charities, scientists and other experts focusing on the HIV pandemic.
The world's key emerging economies (the BRICS nations) - have agreed a new level of cooperation to ensure sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights for all in what the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) hailed as a big step forward.
The meeting, the inaugural seminar of BRICS population officials and experts, was convened by the South African Government in Mpumalanga, South Africa last week with IPPF playing a supporting role.