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One of the main reasons for the high teen pregnancy rate in Venezuela is the lack of sexual education that is taught in schools and colleges due to the lack of preparation and resources of educators on the subject as well as misinformation and lack of access to contraception and sexual health services
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.
IPPF advises and collaborates in Advanced Family Planning (AFP) national and global advocacy efforts. The partnership works to increase financial investments and political commitment needed to ensure access to family planning through effective advocacy. AFP is comprised by more than 20 partner organisations working in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda with additional opportunity fund grants.
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As part of our work in tackling abortion stigma, IPPF awards small grants to young people to create projects that would tackle the issue of abortion stigma in their communities.
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 Association de Bien-Etre Familial – Naissances Désirables (ABEF-ND)
The Democratic Republic of Congo is vast: it is Africa’s second largest country and has nearly 68 million inhabitants. The sexual and reproductive health (SRH) challenges are correspondingly immense, with the country recording some of the poorest SRH statistics globally.
The Association de Bien-Etre Familial – Naissances Désirables (ABEF-ND) was founded in 1977, and since then it has worked tirelessly to drive changes which will secure a better future for the country.
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.