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Expanding Access to Safe Abortion
Latin America and the Caribbean have some of the most restrictive laws against abortion in the world. Only six of the region’s thirty-four countries permit abortion without restriction. As a result, 95% of abortions in our region are performed in unsafe circumstances. The World Health Organization...
Sharing Expertise and Best Practices
In Latin America and the Caribbean, statistics on economic growth mask glaring inequalities that exist within and among countries. The organizations in our network exemplify this trend and operate at significantly different capacities. That’s why we work to strengthen our 41 Member Associations by...
Advocating for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Realizing our vision—a world where every person has access to sexual and reproductive health care—requires more than a strong network of service providers; it requires sufficient funding, favorable legislation and policies, and popular support. We have a long history of working with global leaders...
Demanding Government Accountability and Budget Transparency
As part of the Millennium Development Goals, governments worldwide agreed to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health information and services. They recognized that this is a key aspect of ending poverty, increasing gender equality, and building robust economies. However, not all...
Empowering the Next Generation
In Latin America and the Caribbean, nearly half of the population is under twenty-five. Yet young people’s sexual and reproductive health needs are often unfulfilled. More than one in three young women in the region gives birth before her twentieth birthday, and in many countries—particularly in...
Confronting Cancer with Comprehensive Strategies
As the most common types of cancer for women in our region, breast and cervical cancer have emerged as major health issues. Being unable to reach services that can prevent, detect, and treat breast and cervical cancers means the disease is claiming women’s lives at alarming rates. In Latin America...
Reaching the Most Vulnerable with Integrated Care
In a region characterized by extreme income inequality, we bring sexual and reproductive health care to nearly every country in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2013, we provided nearly 31 million services—such as contraception, HIV screenings, and gynecological exams—and over 70% of our clients...
Strengthening Sustainability Through Social Enterprise
There is a significant funding gap for sexual and reproductive health services in Latin America and the Caribbean, as health financing continues to decline throughout the region. In response, IPPF/WHR and its Member Associations have begun to rapidly move to client-centered, self-sustaining social...