Top 16 Photographs of 2011 (Part One)
As a network of 40 sexual and reproductive health organizations across North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean, IPPF/WHR staff travels to many countries throughout the year to help strengthen the capacity of our Member Associations, which provide family planning and related health services in accordance with the local needs, customs, and laws. This year some of the successes we witnessed include an HPV vaccination program in Bolivia, community health promoters distributing contraceptives in Guatemala, and mobile health units reaching people who live in poverty and isolation in rural Peru. This two-part series features 16 of our staff's favorite photos from 2011.
1. To combat the alarmingly high rate of cervical cancer in Bolivia, CIES partnered with the government and a Gardasil access program to offer the HPV vaccine in schools, health centers, and mobile clinics. Their 14 clinics and mobile health units are able to reach remote communities throughout the country to ensure widespread access to this lifesaving preventative measure.
2. IPPF/WHR Youth Delegates listen to a speech at the United Nation’s International Year of Youth gathering in New York City.
3. In Jutiapa, Guatemala, APROFAM community health promoters raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health.
4. IPPF/WHR Program Officer Jessie Clyde visits Mexfam with her son. Mexfam is one of the only clinics in Latin America where women can legally access safe abortion in a respectful environment.
5. After the January 2010 earthquake, PROFAMIL’s medical teams expanded their work in coordination with other emergency aid providers in order to best reach and support people who were displaced. This little girl is living in a tent city near PROFAMIL’s new clinic in Port-au-Prince.
6. Peru’s leading sexual and reproductive health organization, INPPARES, works with the poorest and most marginalized communities to provide comprehensive sexuality education and health services in a safe and confidential environment.
7. Harvin Absael Castro, a youth health promoter from Tipitapa, Nicaragua who works with PROFAMILIA, is a passionate, energetic, and determined volunteer. One of his favorite posters in PROFAMILIA's youth clinic promotes the right to equality and freedom from discrimination regardless of sexual orientation, income, or religion.
8. APROFAM is a leader in the implementation of innovative programs, including services for youth in Guatemala. This year the organization organized a concert for young people to raise awareness about comprehensive sexuality education.