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Family Planning Association of Malawi's (FPAM) trains local sex workers to become peer educators within their community. Peer educators cover topics from STI treatment to gender based violence. The Global Gag Rule (GGR) forced this particular Linkages peer educator project to close in 2016.
Peer educator programmes amongst female sex workers is key to help ensure women are protected and informed about contraception and HIV. The Global Gag Rule means programmes like this are at risk of being closed due to the withdrawal of funding.
ABUBEF is the Association Burundaise Pour Le Bien-Etre Familial, Burundi. The Global Gag Rule (GGR) means the clinic will see 39% of its funding cut. The GGR will heavily impact their HIV programmes and services. Monica is one voice of many, that will feel the loss for herself and her community.
The Global Gag Rule (GGR) was designed to target abortion related healthcare but the impact is felt across all areas of sexual and reproductive healthcare. IPPF visited Malawi to document the impact on a female sex worker peer educator programme run by Family Planning Association of Malawi’s (FPAM).
Children living with HIV like Antonio have benefited from the Ntyiso programme run by AMODEFA in Mozambique, now closed due to the Global Gag Rule.
Albertina Machaieie has been working with HIV patients for Amodefa for 38 years and is their longest serving nurse. Albertina is witnessing the negative impact of the Global Gag Rule firsthand.
Palmira Enoque Tembe, is HIV positive and so are her two sons. Palmira and her family benefitted from a pilot project called Ntiyso, that recently lost its funding due to the Global Gag Rule.
Milan Khadka once suffered discrimination within his community when they found out he was living with HIV. He is now a community home-based care mobiliser with Family Planning Association of Nepal. He uses his music to educate the youth about HIV and to confront the stigma around HIV.
Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand alongside volunteers are reaching out to vulnerable sex workers to help educate them on the risks of HIV and STIs.
Family Planning Association of Nepal are bringing sex workers and local authorities together to openly discuss the protection of sex workers rights.