Local Partners in Brazil
GESTOS, based in Recife in northeastern Brazil, specializes in HIV/AIDS education, and participates in public policy dialogues to raise awareness at the local, national, and international levels. Locally, it provides social services, therapy, and legal aid to people living with HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, and campaigns to promote condom use.
GESTOS will create a model health center for adolescents as part of its youth project with IPPF/WHR. It is collaborating with Grupo Curumim, which strives to advance sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights for women, and Coletivo Mangueiras, a collective of online youth activists that represent diverse identity groups throughout Brazil, to raise awareness about youth sexual and reproductive health needs by training healthcare and educational professionals and empowering youth activists.
CEPIA, based in Rio de Janeiro, has focused on women’s rights—including sexual and reproductive rights and eliminating violence against women—for 20 years. It is known for its well-received public media campaigns about women and HIV/AIDS, and its research and publications.
CEPIA works with health and educational professionals in low-income areas of Rio de Janeiro to improve sexual and reproductive health for adolescents. Currently, CEPIA is developing a mobile app to enable young people to access information and easily find sexual and reproductive health services where they live. CEPIA will form a larger youth network for health education and activism, and will work together with our collaborative partner in Recife.