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The Tajikistan Family Planning Association (TFPA) is a voluntary, self-governed, non-profit organization. It exists to deliver information and services, and to advocate for the basic human right of all women, men and young people to make free and informed choices regarding their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
TFPA plays a major role in disseminating information and providing clinical services. Special emphasis is given to the:
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.
The Planned Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone (PPASL), established in 1959, works on a range of serious sexual and reproductive health (SRH) issues to improve people's health and quality of life. A key focus is to improve access to maternal health care, to reduce the risk of maternal and infant death.
PPASL accesses the community through 5 service points, 12 workplace outreach projects, and 3 youth centres, via a 40-strong permanent staff team, backed by nearly 300 volunteers, 9 community-based distributors (CBDs) and a Youth Action Movement membership of 150.
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.
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.
IPPF thrives because it has an immense base of volunteer support. Here, individuals all around the world share their thoughts on volunteering:
“The spirit of volunteerism is what I feel most passionate about. There is always something to give. There is no such thing as empty volunteerism. You cannot volunteer ‘nothing’!
“I love improvement, not only change, but improvement. Everything has the potential for improvement – and that is what creates challenges to me."
A programme of emergency obstetric training in developing countries, delivered by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, in partnership with the UK Department for International Development, UNICEF, and WHO