The Asociación Demográfica Salvadoreña (ADS) works to deliver high quality family planning services to people across the country, with a particular emphasis on poor, marginalized, vulnerable and under-served groups.
It particularly targets young people under the age of 25, with school and youth-centre-based workshops, and with (nationally) broadcast TV programmes reaching a substantial youth audience. Content includes advice on relationships, contraception, child-spacing, the prevention and detection of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, teenage pregnancy, and abortion. ADS is very active in training volunteers to communicate family planning information to individuals and communities.
The organization also runs a workplace project in a large number of factories in San Salvador. The project makes use of peer educators who are trained to provide information, to distribute condoms, and to refer clients (if required) for clinical attention.
ADS services points include permanent clinics, mobile facilities, about community-based distributors/services (CBDs/CBSs) and commercial marketing outlets.
ADS is the main supplier of condoms in the country and is the El Salvador's second most important source of voluntary surgical contraception.