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IPPF opened its Asia Pacific Hub in Bangkok on 29 March 2017, creating the biggest sexual and reproductive health and rights organization in Asia Pacific. The IPPF Hub is comprised of the East and South East Asia and Oceania Region (ESEAOR), the South Asia Region (SAR), and the new IPPF Humanitarian Hub. It will be co-located with our national Member Association, the Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand.
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 Thailand (PPAT) supports the National Family Planning Programme by organizing countrywide educational and motivational activities, and by delivering contraceptive services to special target groups/geographic areas including slum dwellers, the population along the Thai-Cambodia border, and northern hill tribes. With the help of Muslim leaders and the support of grassroots volunteers, PPAT has been highly successful in promoting family planning among the marginalized Muslim community in Thailand's 4 southern-most provinces.
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.
This week saw young people demand better sexuality education in Yogyakarta Indonesia, after receiving training from Indonesian Planned Parenthood Association (IPPA). They met with a local official to question why they were not able to have sexuality education in their schools.
In conjunction with contractors, the Japan Trust Fund (JTF) ensured that the safety and security of construction workers building the 2nd Thailand Laos Friendship Bridge became a 24-hour concern.