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Welcome FUSA – our newest Member Association!
Not too long ago I had the opportunity to visit a dynamic group of medical doctors in Argentina who dare to go where very few do. They work on adolescent health as a whole, and sexual and reproductive health in particular. Impressed by their dedication, I continued to follow their work at FUSA (Fundacion para la Salud de Adolescente – the Foundation of Youth Health), and am pleased to introduce this organization to you as our newest Member Association in the Western Hemisphere Region.
FUSA is a non-profit organization established in 1990 in Argentina and an IPPF member since this past December. Its main objective is to promote social services, particularly in education and research, and comprehensive health care for youth throughout the country. As youth is an important area of focus for IPPF/WHR, they bring knowledge and a perspective that is useful for Argentina, but also for the whole region.
Through partnership with the public health sector, FUSA provides approximately 15,000 consultations a year, reaching low income, vulnerable populations, including migrants from neighboring countries, particularly Paraguay and Bolivia.
FUSA provides services in various public hospitals, in Buenos Aires and other provinces as part of an agreement with the National Ministry of Health. They have an educational program in the waiting room, which offers an open space for all generations to reflect and be informed about sexual and reproductive health themes. Through this work FUSA received the 2010 PAHO award for “Best Practices in the Incorporation of the Gender Perspective in Health”. FUSA has transferred this service model to the IPPF/WHR Member Associations in Latin America through technical assistance since 2009 and is working to open a new facility separate from the public sector where they can expand service provision to youth.
FUSA stands out as an organization committed to growth and transformation. Already a valuable addition to the IPPF/WHR network, I’m excited to see what else they will achieve.