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Claudine, aged 27, is a sex worker. "In the past, I was wary of 'contraceptive' methods, but once I tried them and I didn't notice any negative impact on my body, so I made it a habit not to get pregnant".
The Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH Lot 1) programme offers quality integrated sexual and reproductive health services across the Democratic Republic of Congo through IPPF Member, Association pour le Bien-Etre Familial – Naissances Désirables (ABEF-ND).
The Family Health Model Clinic (FHMC) set up by Rahnuma Family Planning Association of Pakistan, is a one stop clinic offering a range of services to women like Sehrish, who affordable and high-quality contraceptive care.
The Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) is delivering healthcare through the support of the Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH2Action) programme in Lilongwe and Kasungu, with a focus on young women and girls.
High up in the mountains of central northern Nepal, not far from the Tibetan border, lies the district of Rasuwa. The people here are mainly ethnic Tamang and Sherpa, two indigenous groups with cultural traditions stretching back centuries. But these rich cultural traditions can come hand-in-hand with severe social problems, compounded by entrenched poverty and very low literacy rates.
“People used to shout at me when I was distributing condoms. They called me many bad things.” Rita Chawal recalls her time as a family planning youth volunteer for the Family Planning Association of Nepal (FPAN), Nepal’s largest family planning organisation, running classes on sexual health, safe abortion and contraception.
“When I was about to give birth, we called for an ambulance or a vehicle to help but even after five hours of calling, no vehicle arrived.”
Jomini, from rural Nepal, was just 16 when her parents forced her to marry a man 8 years older than her. "I didn't know anything about the physical side" she says, but IPPF provided family planning.
After noticing women in his community suffering, he took the initiative of opening a family planning clinic within the village.
For millions of Nepali women, the only professional care they receive during pregnancy is from nurses and midwives, not doctors.