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Women around the world have faced multiple barriers to accessing safe abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic including the de-prioritization of sexual and reproductive healthcare, overwhelmed health systems and restrictions on movement. The COVID-19 crisis has sparked innovation among IPPF Member Associations who responded swiftly by developing new approaches to reach women with safe abortion care including telemedicine and home-based provision of medical abortion.
17-year-old student Jumeya Mohammed Amin started educating other people about sexual and reproductive health when she was 14 years old. She trained as a ‘change agent’ for her community through the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia.
In the rural part of Ethiopia where Rewda Kedir works as a midwife, only 14% of married women are using any method of contraception, despite many wanting to. Having open – if challenging – conversations with families is one way her clinic lets people know what their contraceptive options are.
Thanks to a programme supported by Danish Family Planning Association and delivered by Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana, midwife Sophia Abrafi has been able to expand on the services she provides - especially to young people.
Factory workers at Mim Cashew, in a small town in rural Ghana, are taking their reproductive health choices into their own hands, thanks to a four-year project rolled out by Planned Parenthood Association Ghana (PPAG) along with the Danish Family Planning Association (DFPA).
When Gifty Anning Agyei was pregnant, her classmates teased her, telling her she should drop out of school. With help from Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana and the Danish Family Planning Association, Gifty got the support she needed to continue her studies.
Dorcas Amakyewaa works in a cashew factory on the outskirts of Mim, Ghana. In 2018, Planned Parenthood Association Ghana and Danish Family Planning Association, launched a programme to help expand access to services and information to the community of Mim. Dorcas jumped at the chance to become a peer educator.
When Hervé realized he had an STI, there was only one person he could turn to – peer educator Chariette. On her recommendation, he visited the Cameroon National Association for Family Welfare (CAMNAFAW). The care he received from the clinic inspired him to become a peer educator.
English language student Gertrude Zouakeu Noutcha's neighbor is a peer educator with the Cameroon National Planning Association for Family Welfare. When Gertrude needed advice on her relationship, her neighbor was there to help counsel them both. Her positive experience inspired her to become a peer educator.
Fatima is a midwife and has worked for the Palestinian Family Planning and Protection Agency for 18 years. Her work has not only positively impacted her community but also her personal life.