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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.
Since it was founded in 1990, the Association Mauritanienne pour la Promotion de la Famille (AMPF) has focused primarily on sensitizing both the general population and the country’s political and religious leaders to the personal and economic benefits of family planning, and on promoting provision of proper sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services.
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.
The world is home to the largest generation of young people in history. They are a vastly diverse group of individuals whose life circumstances, including opportunities and obstacles to improve their lives, vary significantly from one country to the next, and even from one area to another within a single country. Many young people have yet to exercise their basic right to choose a life that they value.
In Mauritania, Kadajata now works as a full-time nurse, thanks to a long stint as a volunteer with the Association Mauritanienne pour la Promotion de la Famille (AMF). But it could have been very different.
As a volunteer, she played an active and vigorous role educating the community about family planning, and encouraging them to visit the local clinic and women’s centre. It was work which she found rewarding, fulfilling and necessary.