Asociación Civil de Planificación Familiar (PLAFAM)
PLAFAM is recognized as a pioneer in advocacy and delivery of sexual and reproductive health services in Venezuela. In 2013, they provided over half a million services, including gynecological care, contraceptives, gender-based violence screening, and STI prevention, testing, and treatment. PLAFAM works to ensure its staff are sensitive to the needs of youth clients and provides low-cost services for young people at its clinics.
"I like the way they treat me," says Leidy, a 16-year-old client. "If you go to a public hospital, it's very crowded and you don't get the attention you need. Here, you feel the staff have the time. I get all the answers I need."
Comprehensive sexuality education isn't a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Venezuela, so PLAFAM bridges this gap by leading community-based trainings on sexual and reproductive health issues. Young people also conduct educational workshops and outreach at universities, and PLAFAM has its own weekly radio program with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and youth. In partnership with an improvisational theatre group, the organization uses entertainment to dispel common myths about sexual and reproductive health.
PLAFAM is a regional leader in addressing unsafe abortion, and it is at the forefront of the movement to defend the rights of women, people with disabilities, and people living with HIV through legislative change.