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Venezuela has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Latin America yet sexuality education in schools is not mandatory.
Dangerous misconceptions about pregnancy and abortion abound: teenagers think that if they've done it once and not got pregnant, they won't ever get pregnant, and maternity hospitals see about 40 unsafe abortion-related admissions a day.
The Associacon Civil de Planificacion Familia (PLAFAM) is recognized as a pioneer in advocacy and the delivery of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in Venezuela.
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 Bahrain Family Planning Association (BRHA) was founded in 1975, the organization has played a critical role in promoting reproductive health. Bahrain and in achieving government support to adopt necessary policies on reproductive health (RH) including the incorporation of (RH) into the school curriculum.
BRHA receives support from the ministries of health, social development, labour, and education, and it partners closely with the upper and lower government house (the parliament and the Shoura Council).
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.