Instituto Peruano de Paternidad Responsable (INPPARES)
In a country where more than half the population lives in poverty, INPPARES’ seventeen clinics provide much-needed sexual and reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraceptives, and STI prevention and testing. Its seven mobile health units bring vital care to rural and marginalized communities. Staff travel by foot, motorcycle, and boat to reach Peru's most vulnerable people.
"The work I do makes me feel really good. I can help people change their lives and have better health," says Stephanie Suclupe, a 24-year-old volunteer nurse.
In 2013, INPPARES provided more than a million services nationwide. INPPARES provides youth-friendly services in all of its clinics and trains peer health educators to lead sessions on sexual and reproductive health issues. Its youth program has been active for more than twenty years and is committed to young people’s participation in all aspects of the organization. Many staff at INPPARES are former youth participants, a testament to the program's strength and success.
Young people also take active roles in INPPARES’ advocacy work. They often speak in public forums and represent the organization on institutional committees. In 2012, INPPARES mobilized youth networks and encouraged the Constitutional Court to decriminalize consensual sex among adolescents.