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.
Watch groups in rural areas are trained by staff from Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) to help advise the community on a wide range of sexual and reproductive issues, from family planning to gender-based violence. Mobile clinics that are responsible from training community members are facing closure due to the Global Gag Rule (GGR).
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).
Peer educator programmes are a vital bridge between sexual and reproductive knowledge and youth. The classes provide a safe, open and informed space for students to talk about sex. With the Global Gag Rule (GGR) peer educator programmes will be forced to close.