The unmet need for contraception in Togo currently stands at 34% of the population. Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Être Familial (ATBEF) are turning clients like Dahide and village chief Sossou Sagna into family planning advocates within their communities.
Abla Abassa is a community health worker for Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Être Familial (ATBEF), Togo. She is one of 279 community workers in her region and her work takes her to the remotes areas where the unmet need for contraception is the greatest.
Realizing the importance of involving village leaders to educate their local communities on the harms of forced early marriage and forced sex work in rural areas, Association Togolaise Pour le Bien-Être Familial (ATBEF) created the Village Girl Protection Charters. To date, 870 villages have signed up.
Asba Hann is the president of the Guediawaye chapter of IPPF’s Africa region youth action movement. She explains how the Global Gag Rule (GGR) cuts have deprived youth of a space to ask questions about their sexuality and seek advice on contraception.
Senegal’s IPPF Member Association, Association Sénégalaise pour le Bien-Etre Familial (ASBEF) ran two clinics in Senegal's capital, Dakar, until funding was cut in 2017 due to the reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule (GGR) by the US administration. Meet the healthcare providers on the frontline, continuing to provide care to those that need it most.
Senegal’s IPPF Member Association, Association Sénégalaise pour le Bien-Etre Familial (ASBEF) was forced to close their clinic in the struggling suburb of Guediawaye. None felt the loss harder than regular ASBEF clients, who relied heavily on the quality healthcare provided by the clinic.
Raising three children by herself, Lijana did not have time to think about her health. That was until she could no longe ignore the feeling that something was wrong. Through friends, she discovered the Albanian Centre of Population and Development (ACDP) clinic. It changed her life.
Eleanor's first cervical cancer screening came back negative. Three years later at her follow-up appointment, she expected the same negative result. Unfortunately, this time it was positive. Once she successfully completed her treatment, her experience turned her into an ardent activist for cervical cancer prevention in her community.
Through social media, 21-year-old Artemisa Seraj stumbled across a post from Aulona center, offering free workshops and seminars on sexual and reproductive healthcare. Curious to learn more about the 'taboo' subject, she attended a talk and was immediately convinced that she wanted to do more to empower women and girls in her community.