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The Centro Paraguayo de Estudios de Poblacion (CEPEP) delivers high quality family planning services right across the country from clinics which are networked with government clinics, other agencies, and hundreds of private physicians. The services cover maternal and child care, uterine and breast cancer prevention, colposccopy, PAP smears, and diagnostic facilities such as sonography and laboratory testing.
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.
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.
IPPF has launched a campaign calling for a 10-year-old Paraguayan girl who became pregnant after being sexually abused by her stepfather to be allowed to have a safe abortion.
The girl who is now 22 weeks pregnant is being denied an abortion by the authorities in Paraguay who say her life is not at risk and because of that it would not be legal for her to have an abortion.
“Immediately after my child was born, I found the market family planning booth to receive free services. The services are right in my community and taking family planning has been a good experience. Things have changed in my life because I can now save money and do other things. I tell my friends they must take their family planning!” - Marie Kamara, 35, Liberia