Asociación Dominicana Pro-bienestar de la Familia (Profamilia)
Operating six clinics nationwide, Profamilia is a leading provider of sexual and reproductive health services in the Dominican Republic. It is known for its integrated model of care and providing critical health services to impoverished, migrant, and rural communities throughout the country. In 2015, Profamilia provided more than 822,000 services and opened an additional clinic in response to growing demand.
“We are providing access to quality health services for socially and economically vulnerable populations,” said Dr. Hector Montero. "We're giving people the tools for a better life."
Teen pregnancy rates in the Dominican Republic are twice the global average. Profamilia works to stem these statistics with comprehensive sexuality education and specialized clinical services for young people. Its clinical staff has been trained in the provision of youth-friendly services, and three of its clinics offer a dedicated space especially for youth.
Profamilia is committed to young people’s participation and leadership development. Young people are involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of community programs, and they are active in a variety of capacities within the organization. The majority of Profamilia’s site coordinators are young people who were once peer educators, a testament to the success of its youth leadership model.
Creating a more favorable social and political environment for sexual and reproductive health and rights is at the heart of Profamilia’s national advocacy strategy.
In 2012, it took a bold stance in favor of youth sexual rights through its “¡Conoce, actúa, exige!” (Recognize, act, demand) campaign, which ran television and print advertisements supporting young people's right to make their own decisions about their sexuality. Profamilia came under fire from the Catholic Church and positioned itself as a leading voice for sexual and reproductive rights.
Profamilia was part of a government committee that advocated for the incorporation of a gender perspective into national health policies. And as a member of the National Health Commission, it played a role in ensuring that sexual and reproductive health care is covered in insurance plans.