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Venezuela: Finding Hope in Times of Crisis
Amid Venezuela’s turbulent political and economic crises, access to contraception and reproductive health care is out of reach for the majority of women and young people. Reports of women fleeing the country to give birth are frequent. The lack of medical supplies and trained personnel has resulted in a sharp spike in infant mortality—the number of pregnant women who died due to preventable complications increased by nearly 65% in 2016.
In a country where food is a luxury item and power shortages are commonplace, our local partner PLAFAM is a beacon of hope for women and youth. With financial and technical support from IPPF/WHR, PLAFAM has been able to purchase contraception internationally, and make sure they arrive in a timely and safe manner. PLAFAM then provides health education and contraception at heavily subsidized prices well below those seen in private clinics or clandestine markets. In the first few months of 2017 alone, PLAFAM provided 12,000 implants at three clinics in Caracas.
“Every day, we open our clinic doors to find hundreds of women lined up for contraceptives,” said Belmar Franceschi, PLAFAM’s Executive Director. “IPPF/WHR works with us to ensure that we can continue to provide care and contraception to Venezuelan women and youth when they need us most.”