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The Adolescent and Youth Friendly Services (SAAJ) center - supported by the Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH2ACTION) programme - is helping young mothers like Arnilda access much needed healthcare.
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.
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.
At a small clinic in Jimma, Ethiopia, a group of female volunteers prepare for their day educating sex workers about STIs, HIV and contraceptives, and distribute condoms. They encourage people to access the healthcare available at a confidential clinic set up to help at-risk and underserved populations including sex workers.
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.
Raphel Marafan Kori, earns an income as a peer educator with Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association (LPPA). Nine months into her role, she goes door to door in her village trying to ensure parents understand the needs of adolescents in their village and why contraception and services like HIV testing is a protective measure for young people.
Bolelwa Falten in based in Lesotho's capital, Maseru, and has been working as an HIV counselor for the better part of a decade. She handles five different Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association posts, providing communities with everything from contraception to HIV testing.