Centro Paraguayo De Estudios De Población (CEPEP)
CEPEP is a leader in delivering high-quality sexual and reproductive health services in Paraguay through four clinics nationwide. In 2013, they provided more than 151,000 services, including gynecological care, contraceptives, breast cancer prevention, gender-based violence screening, and STI prevention and testing.
CEPEP has programs to improve accessibility to sexual and reproductive health services. Espacio Joven (Youth Space) and Consultorio Joven (Youth Office) provide opportunities for adolescents to seek low-cost or free counseling, contraceptives, and testing services. Though the work of over 400 volunteers, CEPEP distributes contraceptives in rural areas and vulnerable urban communities. Its work to decrease maternal mortality has influenced Paraguay’s Ministry of Health to address the issue nationwide.
As a long-time member of the DAIA Committee, CEPEP continues to work towards securing universal access to contraception. In 2012, the Committee’s advocacy led to the passage of a law that aims to ensure a budget for contraceptive methods from government agencies. CEPEP also played a key role in developing the National Plan for Sexual and Reproductive Health 2014-2018. The Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare unveiled the plan and made a public commitment to allocate sufficient resources to its implementation in January 2014.
CEPEP is a leader in the development and approval of Humanized Post-Abortion Care Regulations at the national level. The goal of these regulations is to secure public policy that ensures the quality of post-abortion care while respecting the right to privacy and confidentiality, thus protecting clients from discrimination or media harassment.