Fundación Mexicana para la Planeación Familiar, A.C. (Mexfam)
Mexfam provides high-quality sexual and reproductive health services throughout Mexico, including contraceptives, gynecological care, abortion services, and HIV and STI prevention, testing, and treatment. Mexfam’s programs are specifically designed to reach indigenous people, rural and migrant populations, LGBT people, and young people living on the streets. In 2013, Mexfam provided more than 1.7 million services across the country.
Mexfam’s youth program, Gente Joven (Young People), aims to reduce unplanned pregnancies, STIs, and HIV, and to increase access to comprehensive sexuality education and youth-friendly services. Mexfam incorporates youth leaders throughout the organization as health promoters, staff, and members of its Board. It believes the active participation of youth is critical in developing, implementing, and monitoring the success of projects.
Mexfam’s community health promoters provide a much-needed link to clinical services for people living in rural Mexico. These promoters host local sessions that have been so effective at disseminating accurate information and facilitating access to sexual health services that the Ministry of Health has begun to replicate Mexfam's model throughout the state. As a result of our community health promoters’ work, the state of Oaxaca saw a 25% decrease in teen pregnancy over a five-year time period.
Mexfam’s advocacy work includes efforts to influence legislation and public policy, promote sexual and reproductive health issues with political candidates, and advocate for compliance with international agreements. It also plays a pivotal role in abortion-related advocacy and is integrated into the national pro-choice movement.
In 2012, Mexfam successfully advocated for the removal of the parental consent requirement for adolescent access to sexual and reproductive health services, thus strengthening access to vital health services for all young people in Mexico.
Fundación Mexicana para la Planeación Familiar, A.C.
Tlalpan 14000 D.F., Mexico