Stichting Lobi (LOBI)
Founded in 1968, LOBI is the main provider of family planning and cervical cancer prevention in Suriname and delivers high-quality sexual and reproductive health services throughout the country. The organization is also widely recognized as a leader in HIV prevention and comprehensive sexuality education. It provided over 120,000 services in 2015, including contraceptives, gynecological care, pregnancy tests, and STI prevention and testing.
LOBI meets an estimated 60% of the sexual and reproductive health needs in Suriname. Its mobile health unit and sliding scale fees ensure rural and marginalized communities have access to vital health care.
Youth-friendly services are integrated into LOBI’s clinic services, and it has a dedicated space for youth activities, which is run by the young people themselves. The organization trains young people to be peer health educators and advocates. As part of their effort to encourage youth to protect themselves against HIV, LOBI installed condom dispensers in public places, including schools and shopping malls.
The organization’s name translates to “Love Foundation,” and their slogan, “Live a Responsible Love Life,” emphasizes people’s agency in making their own informed choices.