Hope. Opportunity. Transformation.
International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region
works tirelessly to secure sexual and reproductive health care as
a human right for all. This is the change IPPF/WHR and our
local partners inspired in 2013.
We provide people with complete information on sexuality and reproductive health, so they are empowered to make their own decisions and exercise their rights.
We believe all people are entitled to quality sexual and reproductive health care regardless of their age, income, gender, or sexual orientation.
We hold governments accountable and advocate
for policies that meet the
real-life needs of
We give people the tools to build safe relationships based on respect and equality.
We help people realize their full educational, social, and economic potential.
"Profamilia took care of me. They explained all of
the different methods and helped me choose the one
that's right for me. And I wasn't treated differently
because I have no money and no papers. Knowing
that I can plan my own family helps me feel
more secure in my future."
- Margarita Bernard
"I have no schedule. I attend to people at midnight, at dawn…when people need me, when they can come.
I want the best for my community, to give them
what they need. I ask God to give me more time on
Earth so I can keep helping people."
- Cleo Gallardo RodríguezFind out how community health
"IUDs give you cancer. The pill makes you fat.
If you have sex, you won't grow taller."
"I always wanted to be a mother.
Now I have two beautiful boys."
- Martha AlanocaRead the story of how Martha was able to conceive after receiving treatment at a new fertility clinic operated by CIES/Bolivia.
"What has worked in community is getting to know [young people] better. More than economic resources, this community needs human resources—people to come here and work with them, people that get close to the kids, people that don't get scared in the community. From September 2013 until today, no one has gotten pregnant
and that is a great achievement here."
- Mariana Anelle Cruz Sanchez, Youth Coordinator, MEXFAM
"They said we couldn't talk to kids about condoms. But I said, 'We all have to live in the world, the good and the bad, and that means we can't only teach one side of things.' So I
began to bring information and condoms to teenagers in
[my church's] youth program."
- Michelle, beauty salon ownerDiscover why a beauty salon
"In August, our advocacy team and Member Associations helped secure a major win when thirty-eight governments from Latin America and the Caribbean adopted the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development. The Consensus, which will inform the global development policy for years to come, is the first United Nations agreement to include a definition of sexual rights, "which embrace the right to a safe and full sex life, as well as the right to take free, informed, voluntary and responsible decisions on their sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity, without coercion, discrimination or violence."
Latin America and the Caribbean is home to some of the strictest abortion laws in the world:
Despite this grim reality, we saw progress in averting senseless deaths caused by unsafe abortions. Our Member Association in Uruguay, Iniciativas Sanitarias, has developed a pioneering model to prevent deaths related to unsafe abortion. This harm reduction model provides women at risk of unsafe abortion with accurate information and counseling.
Women who are able to plan their families by spacing and/or limiting births are healthier and better able to direct their resources toward education, job training, and employment.
"We place reproductive health at the center of all that we do because know it yields more opportunities for women and families, and eases our overall pressure on the planet. Meeting women's desire to avoid or postpone pregnancies is inextricably linked to the health of the environment. Investing in reproductive health is transformational, and we are committed to matching our function to our form by investing in innovative green measures in our day-to-day operations."
- Carmen Barroso, Regional Director
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