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IWD (8 March 2019) is a time to celebrate the achievements of fearless women globally. We’re honored to highlight the passion and commitment of doctors, nurses, peer educators, activists and volunteers who dedicate their efforts to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Contraception use is on the rise, partly thanks to the outreach work The Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Être Familial (ATBEF), in rural communities. Using a network of community-based volunteers and village leaders, ATBEF is reaching as many people as possible.
The unmet need for contraception in Togo currently stands at 34% of the population. Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Être Familial (ATBEF) are turning clients like Dahide and village chief Sossou Sagna into family planning advocates within their communities.
“Some of the young women can’t educate their own children because they had to drop out of school themselves”
Abla Abassa is a community health worker for Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Être Familial (ATBEF), Togo. She is one of 279 community workers in her region and her work takes her to the remotes areas where the unmet need for contraception is the greatest.
Yaori and his wife Ami heard about vasectomies on the radio. Having six children already, they decided to head to their local family planning clinic, ATBEF, for more information. ATBEF is currently the only provider of keyhole vasectomies there and to date, they have performed 159 procedures.
In Togo, 17% of young women will give birth before the age of 18. Contraception use in local communities was 17% before IPPF's Member Association ATBEF began their outreach work in schools and villages. Today the rate is 23% nationwide.