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Meet the people who are working hard to tackle abortion stigma in Benin.
While Gertrude considered herself fairly knowledgeable about cancer, she had never considered taking a screening test or imagined herself ever having the disease. Then one day, she heard an announcement on the radio urging women to go for cervical cancer screenings.
One day, while going about her daily activities, 26 year-old Teresia met a group of people providing medical services. They seemed to be focusing on women, and since she had a few minutes to spare, she made way to the tent where they were working. This decision would save her life – literally.
Flash floods in Sri Lanka in May 2017 triggered landslides that left many people homeless. Chathurika, a youth volunteer for a family planning association, took part in the crisis response by helping out at a health camp.
Having to stop crucial HIV prevention work with immediate effect was quite a shock for Chipili Mulemfwe, former services delivery manager at the USAID Open doors project run by Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia.
34-year-old Thomas talks about the impact funding cuts have had on his role as a peer educator, and the reduction of outreach services within the wider community; particularly for those needing HIV health care.
When Joyce tested positive for HIV, she wasn't ready to start taking medication but with the help, guidance and support of Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia (PPAZ), she successfully started her treatment and began to feel happier about her situation. But now, the Global Gag Rule threatens her future.
Joseph talks about the challenges of accessing quality and confidential health care as a young gay man living in Botswana.
Jackie is a peer outreach worker who encourages local sex workers to attend the Nkaikela Youth Group where BOFWA nurses provide vital health care.
In pictures: local communities impacted by the loss of US funding for HIV outreach services.