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Cemoplaf - Ecuador
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| 28 March 2022

ACRO’S Collaborative Partner in Ecuador, Cemoplaf, successfully implements a humanitarian initiative.

ACRO’S Collaborative Partner in Ecuador, Cemoplaf, successfully implements a humanitarian initiative. In January 2022, Cemoplaf started a project to ensure sexual and reproductive health in emergency contexts*.   The project has two targets, the first one being the response for those affected by the flood in Quito, and the second, to migrants – primary from Venezuela.   Target 1 - Quito alluvium  La Gasca and La Comuna neighborhoods, two populous sectors of the capital of Ecuador, located on the foothills of the Rucu Pichincha Volcano, were surprised by alluvium. This natural disaster left many residents without housing, disabled mobilization in the sectors, and complicated access to health services.   In the face of this emergency, Cemoplaf provided first-hand response with free comprehensive health, sexual and reproductive health services for the affected people in these sectors. Thanks to the support and coordination of the institution with neighborhood and community leaders, an outpatient center was installed in a strategic location where approximately 378 children and more than 700 people have been attended so far.   While the project is underway, approximately 30 gynecological, family planning, sexual and reproductive health counseling, psychology, general medicine, and pediatrics services are provided daily.   "We make home visits to people who have not been able to get to the community house where we are providing care. (...) We provide free services and medicines and if necessary, according to the needs of the people, we mobilize them to the centers and clinics that we have in nearby areas and return them to their homes. Lourdes Rivera - Director Cemoplaf Adolescente.   This project will end in May 2022. The articulation, teamwork and inter-institutional coordination means that the medical care provided to those affected is followed up and referred to other centers, according to specific needs, to always provide a response, even after the emergency.  Target 2 - Sexual and reproductive health care for migrants   Due to the context of migration that has increased in recent years in the northern border of Ecuador, Cemoplaf, through IPPF's humanitarian project, provides sexual and reproductive health care services to migrants who are passing through the cities of Tulcán, Ibarra and Otavalo. Together with partner organizations such as Asociación ASIRIS, the Otavalo mayor's office and ADRA, among others, they have facilitated the organization, implementation, and access to these essential health services free of charge and in a timely manner.   Located in strategic locations in each city, Cemoplaf's medical personnel have attended 856 patients, who have been referred to other complementary services for a total of 2,895 services. The services provided are gynecology, prenatal control, family planning, contraceptive methods, HIV and STI tests, pregnancy tests, obstetric ultrasounds, clinical laboratory, and comprehensive services.   "Telemedicine service by WhatsApp have been a success during this project. Many people are walking and do not stay more than a day in a city. For example, if a woman had a pap smear or an HIV or STI test in Tulcán we can give her the results of her tests and refer her to one of Cemoplaf's health centers for control and follow up, and so on with all sexual and reproductive health services" Solange Gálvez - Director of Communication.   This project guarantees the population in human mobility access to sexual and reproductive health services completely free of charge, including medicines, care, and complementary treatments, providing follow-up, and adapting to the context of the migration situation.   "Cemoplaf has 47 years as an institution dedicated to offering health services and products, with emphasis on sexual and reproductive health that contributes to improving the quality of life of the population in vulnerable situations. The institution's staff has a social and ethical commitment to the defense of human rights that accompanies each project and care provided" Teresa Álvarez de Vargas, Executive Director of Cemoplaf.       * This project is part of Stream 3, one of three "streams" of IPPF funding, which accompanies each project and the care it provides. Dedicated exclusively to funding humanitarian response projects in response to crises and emergencies. The global humanitarian team manages, evaluates funding requests, and monitors implementation. requests for funding and monitors implementation. Projects are response projects for up to 6 months maximum and provide initial support, with the idea that the Member Association or Collaborating Partner will then look for another options.

Cemoplaf - Ecuador
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| 15 May 2022

ACRO’S Collaborative Partner in Ecuador, Cemoplaf, successfully implements a humanitarian initiative.

ACRO’S Collaborative Partner in Ecuador, Cemoplaf, successfully implements a humanitarian initiative. In January 2022, Cemoplaf started a project to ensure sexual and reproductive health in emergency contexts*.   The project has two targets, the first one being the response for those affected by the flood in Quito, and the second, to migrants – primary from Venezuela.   Target 1 - Quito alluvium  La Gasca and La Comuna neighborhoods, two populous sectors of the capital of Ecuador, located on the foothills of the Rucu Pichincha Volcano, were surprised by alluvium. This natural disaster left many residents without housing, disabled mobilization in the sectors, and complicated access to health services.   In the face of this emergency, Cemoplaf provided first-hand response with free comprehensive health, sexual and reproductive health services for the affected people in these sectors. Thanks to the support and coordination of the institution with neighborhood and community leaders, an outpatient center was installed in a strategic location where approximately 378 children and more than 700 people have been attended so far.   While the project is underway, approximately 30 gynecological, family planning, sexual and reproductive health counseling, psychology, general medicine, and pediatrics services are provided daily.   "We make home visits to people who have not been able to get to the community house where we are providing care. (...) We provide free services and medicines and if necessary, according to the needs of the people, we mobilize them to the centers and clinics that we have in nearby areas and return them to their homes. Lourdes Rivera - Director Cemoplaf Adolescente.   This project will end in May 2022. The articulation, teamwork and inter-institutional coordination means that the medical care provided to those affected is followed up and referred to other centers, according to specific needs, to always provide a response, even after the emergency.  Target 2 - Sexual and reproductive health care for migrants   Due to the context of migration that has increased in recent years in the northern border of Ecuador, Cemoplaf, through IPPF's humanitarian project, provides sexual and reproductive health care services to migrants who are passing through the cities of Tulcán, Ibarra and Otavalo. Together with partner organizations such as Asociación ASIRIS, the Otavalo mayor's office and ADRA, among others, they have facilitated the organization, implementation, and access to these essential health services free of charge and in a timely manner.   Located in strategic locations in each city, Cemoplaf's medical personnel have attended 856 patients, who have been referred to other complementary services for a total of 2,895 services. The services provided are gynecology, prenatal control, family planning, contraceptive methods, HIV and STI tests, pregnancy tests, obstetric ultrasounds, clinical laboratory, and comprehensive services.   "Telemedicine service by WhatsApp have been a success during this project. Many people are walking and do not stay more than a day in a city. For example, if a woman had a pap smear or an HIV or STI test in Tulcán we can give her the results of her tests and refer her to one of Cemoplaf's health centers for control and follow up, and so on with all sexual and reproductive health services" Solange Gálvez - Director of Communication.   This project guarantees the population in human mobility access to sexual and reproductive health services completely free of charge, including medicines, care, and complementary treatments, providing follow-up, and adapting to the context of the migration situation.   "Cemoplaf has 47 years as an institution dedicated to offering health services and products, with emphasis on sexual and reproductive health that contributes to improving the quality of life of the population in vulnerable situations. The institution's staff has a social and ethical commitment to the defense of human rights that accompanies each project and care provided" Teresa Álvarez de Vargas, Executive Director of Cemoplaf.       * This project is part of Stream 3, one of three "streams" of IPPF funding, which accompanies each project and the care it provides. Dedicated exclusively to funding humanitarian response projects in response to crises and emergencies. The global humanitarian team manages, evaluates funding requests, and monitors implementation. requests for funding and monitors implementation. Projects are response projects for up to 6 months maximum and provide initial support, with the idea that the Member Association or Collaborating Partner will then look for another options.

ForoLac2030
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| 17 March 2022

IPPF ACRO present at the Forum of Latin American and Caribbean Countries on Sustainable Development 2022.

The Fifth Meeting of the Forum of Latin American and Caribbean countries on Sustainable Development 2022 was held in Costa Rica - San José from March 7 to 9, in its face-to-face/virtual form due to COVID-19.   This event brought together 1,200 people, including government delegates and representatives of international organizations, the United Nations, the private sector, academia and civil society to discuss the progress and challenges of implementing the 2030 Agenda in the region and how the region has been the most impacted by COVID-19 in terms of development from the health, economic and social point of view.  Pamela Martín García, IPPF ACRO's Advocacy and Communications Manager, participated in this indispensable space for regional integration and cooperation. First at the Civil Society meeting and then at the Forum, as well as the March 8th rally in Costa Rica                           During the event for International Women's Day, civil society representatives expressed their concern about the advance of authoritarian proposals in various governments of the region with public policies that generate setbacks in terms of human rights, sexual and reproductive rights. They also denounced the extreme vulnerability of women environmental defenders in different countries. They called on governments to take affirmative action to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women in the region.  One important statistic shared during the event was that 68% of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals continue on an insufficient trend towards 2030 and that only one third of the 111 targets evaluated are on an adequate pace and trajectory. This urges us to continue working to meet them. The greatest challenge today is to eradicate poverty in all its forms and is an indispensable requirement for sustainable development in the region.   During the closing ceremony, delegates from the countries, United Nations agencies, representatives of civil society and other participants paid tribute to Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC, who bids farewell to this position with full honors and after a formidable performance, always promoting and defending the human rights of all people. It was she, with her lucidity and eloquence, who for more than 20 years incorporated the feminist perspective in ECLAC and its actions. We join in the heartfelt recognition of a leader who knew how to build in the adversity of inequalities a light of hope throughout the region.       

ForoLac2030
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| 14 May 2022

IPPF ACRO present at the Forum of Latin American and Caribbean Countries on Sustainable Development 2022.

The Fifth Meeting of the Forum of Latin American and Caribbean countries on Sustainable Development 2022 was held in Costa Rica - San José from March 7 to 9, in its face-to-face/virtual form due to COVID-19.   This event brought together 1,200 people, including government delegates and representatives of international organizations, the United Nations, the private sector, academia and civil society to discuss the progress and challenges of implementing the 2030 Agenda in the region and how the region has been the most impacted by COVID-19 in terms of development from the health, economic and social point of view.  Pamela Martín García, IPPF ACRO's Advocacy and Communications Manager, participated in this indispensable space for regional integration and cooperation. First at the Civil Society meeting and then at the Forum, as well as the March 8th rally in Costa Rica                           During the event for International Women's Day, civil society representatives expressed their concern about the advance of authoritarian proposals in various governments of the region with public policies that generate setbacks in terms of human rights, sexual and reproductive rights. They also denounced the extreme vulnerability of women environmental defenders in different countries. They called on governments to take affirmative action to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women in the region.  One important statistic shared during the event was that 68% of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals continue on an insufficient trend towards 2030 and that only one third of the 111 targets evaluated are on an adequate pace and trajectory. This urges us to continue working to meet them. The greatest challenge today is to eradicate poverty in all its forms and is an indispensable requirement for sustainable development in the region.   During the closing ceremony, delegates from the countries, United Nations agencies, representatives of civil society and other participants paid tribute to Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC, who bids farewell to this position with full honors and after a formidable performance, always promoting and defending the human rights of all people. It was she, with her lucidity and eloquence, who for more than 20 years incorporated the feminist perspective in ECLAC and its actions. We join in the heartfelt recognition of a leader who knew how to build in the adversity of inequalities a light of hope throughout the region.       

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| 25 February 2022

Statement on the escalating conflict in Ukraine

Following the disturbing reports coming out of Ukraine, IPPF has released a media statement on behalf of the Federation and its Member Association in Ukraine.   Despite the fact that sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRHR) needs increase significantly during conflict and humanitarian situations, the significant vulnerabilities of affected populations and displaced people are often overlooked, especially the experiences of women, girls and marginalized populations who are at increased risk of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and sexual and gender-based violence. IPPF’s Director-General, Dr Alvaro Bermejo, said:   "The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is deeply concerned about the escalation of conflict in Ukraine. We take our responsibility to preserve the enormous gains made in life-saving sexual and reproductive healthcare across the country very seriously, especially for women, girls and marginalised populations, whose vulnerability and experiences are so often overlooked in humanitarian situations.  "For 20 years, IPPF has consistently worked to strengthen and protect the reproductive rights of people in Ukraine, working in the frontline conflict zones of Lugansk and Donetsk since 2014, training medical specialists to provide life-saving reproductive healthcare, psychosocial support and quality care to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. “Our teams are now contingency planning across the region to address not only the needs of those still in Ukraine, but also the millions who are likely to be displaced by the conflict and who will require critical support to continue accessing healthcare. We will work closely with partners and other NGOs to ensure the least possible disruption to services. "IPPF stands in solidarity with the international community and the brave people of Ukraine who for the last eight years have faced terrifying and difficult circumstances that nobody should ever have to suffer through. We stand by IPPF's frontline team, who, despite the dangers, continue to facilitate life-saving healthcare for those who need it most. We will be monitoring the situation closely to ensure the safety of our colleagues across the region.” For European outlets, please contact [email protected] For UK and other international media outlets, please contact Karmen Ivey on [email protected] or [email protected]  

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| 25 February 2022

Statement on the escalating conflict in Ukraine

Following the disturbing reports coming out of Ukraine, IPPF has released a media statement on behalf of the Federation and its Member Association in Ukraine.   Despite the fact that sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRHR) needs increase significantly during conflict and humanitarian situations, the significant vulnerabilities of affected populations and displaced people are often overlooked, especially the experiences of women, girls and marginalized populations who are at increased risk of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and sexual and gender-based violence. IPPF’s Director-General, Dr Alvaro Bermejo, said:   "The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is deeply concerned about the escalation of conflict in Ukraine. We take our responsibility to preserve the enormous gains made in life-saving sexual and reproductive healthcare across the country very seriously, especially for women, girls and marginalised populations, whose vulnerability and experiences are so often overlooked in humanitarian situations.  "For 20 years, IPPF has consistently worked to strengthen and protect the reproductive rights of people in Ukraine, working in the frontline conflict zones of Lugansk and Donetsk since 2014, training medical specialists to provide life-saving reproductive healthcare, psychosocial support and quality care to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. “Our teams are now contingency planning across the region to address not only the needs of those still in Ukraine, but also the millions who are likely to be displaced by the conflict and who will require critical support to continue accessing healthcare. We will work closely with partners and other NGOs to ensure the least possible disruption to services. "IPPF stands in solidarity with the international community and the brave people of Ukraine who for the last eight years have faced terrifying and difficult circumstances that nobody should ever have to suffer through. We stand by IPPF's frontline team, who, despite the dangers, continue to facilitate life-saving healthcare for those who need it most. We will be monitoring the situation closely to ensure the safety of our colleagues across the region.” For European outlets, please contact [email protected] For UK and other international media outlets, please contact Karmen Ivey on [email protected] or [email protected]  

Cemoplaf - Ecuador
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| 28 March 2022

ACRO’S Collaborative Partner in Ecuador, Cemoplaf, successfully implements a humanitarian initiative.

ACRO’S Collaborative Partner in Ecuador, Cemoplaf, successfully implements a humanitarian initiative. In January 2022, Cemoplaf started a project to ensure sexual and reproductive health in emergency contexts*.   The project has two targets, the first one being the response for those affected by the flood in Quito, and the second, to migrants – primary from Venezuela.   Target 1 - Quito alluvium  La Gasca and La Comuna neighborhoods, two populous sectors of the capital of Ecuador, located on the foothills of the Rucu Pichincha Volcano, were surprised by alluvium. This natural disaster left many residents without housing, disabled mobilization in the sectors, and complicated access to health services.   In the face of this emergency, Cemoplaf provided first-hand response with free comprehensive health, sexual and reproductive health services for the affected people in these sectors. Thanks to the support and coordination of the institution with neighborhood and community leaders, an outpatient center was installed in a strategic location where approximately 378 children and more than 700 people have been attended so far.   While the project is underway, approximately 30 gynecological, family planning, sexual and reproductive health counseling, psychology, general medicine, and pediatrics services are provided daily.   "We make home visits to people who have not been able to get to the community house where we are providing care. (...) We provide free services and medicines and if necessary, according to the needs of the people, we mobilize them to the centers and clinics that we have in nearby areas and return them to their homes. Lourdes Rivera - Director Cemoplaf Adolescente.   This project will end in May 2022. The articulation, teamwork and inter-institutional coordination means that the medical care provided to those affected is followed up and referred to other centers, according to specific needs, to always provide a response, even after the emergency.  Target 2 - Sexual and reproductive health care for migrants   Due to the context of migration that has increased in recent years in the northern border of Ecuador, Cemoplaf, through IPPF's humanitarian project, provides sexual and reproductive health care services to migrants who are passing through the cities of Tulcán, Ibarra and Otavalo. Together with partner organizations such as Asociación ASIRIS, the Otavalo mayor's office and ADRA, among others, they have facilitated the organization, implementation, and access to these essential health services free of charge and in a timely manner.   Located in strategic locations in each city, Cemoplaf's medical personnel have attended 856 patients, who have been referred to other complementary services for a total of 2,895 services. The services provided are gynecology, prenatal control, family planning, contraceptive methods, HIV and STI tests, pregnancy tests, obstetric ultrasounds, clinical laboratory, and comprehensive services.   "Telemedicine service by WhatsApp have been a success during this project. Many people are walking and do not stay more than a day in a city. For example, if a woman had a pap smear or an HIV or STI test in Tulcán we can give her the results of her tests and refer her to one of Cemoplaf's health centers for control and follow up, and so on with all sexual and reproductive health services" Solange Gálvez - Director of Communication.   This project guarantees the population in human mobility access to sexual and reproductive health services completely free of charge, including medicines, care, and complementary treatments, providing follow-up, and adapting to the context of the migration situation.   "Cemoplaf has 47 years as an institution dedicated to offering health services and products, with emphasis on sexual and reproductive health that contributes to improving the quality of life of the population in vulnerable situations. The institution's staff has a social and ethical commitment to the defense of human rights that accompanies each project and care provided" Teresa Álvarez de Vargas, Executive Director of Cemoplaf.       * This project is part of Stream 3, one of three "streams" of IPPF funding, which accompanies each project and the care it provides. Dedicated exclusively to funding humanitarian response projects in response to crises and emergencies. The global humanitarian team manages, evaluates funding requests, and monitors implementation. requests for funding and monitors implementation. Projects are response projects for up to 6 months maximum and provide initial support, with the idea that the Member Association or Collaborating Partner will then look for another options.

Cemoplaf - Ecuador
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| 15 May 2022

ACRO’S Collaborative Partner in Ecuador, Cemoplaf, successfully implements a humanitarian initiative.

ACRO’S Collaborative Partner in Ecuador, Cemoplaf, successfully implements a humanitarian initiative. In January 2022, Cemoplaf started a project to ensure sexual and reproductive health in emergency contexts*.   The project has two targets, the first one being the response for those affected by the flood in Quito, and the second, to migrants – primary from Venezuela.   Target 1 - Quito alluvium  La Gasca and La Comuna neighborhoods, two populous sectors of the capital of Ecuador, located on the foothills of the Rucu Pichincha Volcano, were surprised by alluvium. This natural disaster left many residents without housing, disabled mobilization in the sectors, and complicated access to health services.   In the face of this emergency, Cemoplaf provided first-hand response with free comprehensive health, sexual and reproductive health services for the affected people in these sectors. Thanks to the support and coordination of the institution with neighborhood and community leaders, an outpatient center was installed in a strategic location where approximately 378 children and more than 700 people have been attended so far.   While the project is underway, approximately 30 gynecological, family planning, sexual and reproductive health counseling, psychology, general medicine, and pediatrics services are provided daily.   "We make home visits to people who have not been able to get to the community house where we are providing care. (...) We provide free services and medicines and if necessary, according to the needs of the people, we mobilize them to the centers and clinics that we have in nearby areas and return them to their homes. Lourdes Rivera - Director Cemoplaf Adolescente.   This project will end in May 2022. The articulation, teamwork and inter-institutional coordination means that the medical care provided to those affected is followed up and referred to other centers, according to specific needs, to always provide a response, even after the emergency.  Target 2 - Sexual and reproductive health care for migrants   Due to the context of migration that has increased in recent years in the northern border of Ecuador, Cemoplaf, through IPPF's humanitarian project, provides sexual and reproductive health care services to migrants who are passing through the cities of Tulcán, Ibarra and Otavalo. Together with partner organizations such as Asociación ASIRIS, the Otavalo mayor's office and ADRA, among others, they have facilitated the organization, implementation, and access to these essential health services free of charge and in a timely manner.   Located in strategic locations in each city, Cemoplaf's medical personnel have attended 856 patients, who have been referred to other complementary services for a total of 2,895 services. The services provided are gynecology, prenatal control, family planning, contraceptive methods, HIV and STI tests, pregnancy tests, obstetric ultrasounds, clinical laboratory, and comprehensive services.   "Telemedicine service by WhatsApp have been a success during this project. Many people are walking and do not stay more than a day in a city. For example, if a woman had a pap smear or an HIV or STI test in Tulcán we can give her the results of her tests and refer her to one of Cemoplaf's health centers for control and follow up, and so on with all sexual and reproductive health services" Solange Gálvez - Director of Communication.   This project guarantees the population in human mobility access to sexual and reproductive health services completely free of charge, including medicines, care, and complementary treatments, providing follow-up, and adapting to the context of the migration situation.   "Cemoplaf has 47 years as an institution dedicated to offering health services and products, with emphasis on sexual and reproductive health that contributes to improving the quality of life of the population in vulnerable situations. The institution's staff has a social and ethical commitment to the defense of human rights that accompanies each project and care provided" Teresa Álvarez de Vargas, Executive Director of Cemoplaf.       * This project is part of Stream 3, one of three "streams" of IPPF funding, which accompanies each project and the care it provides. Dedicated exclusively to funding humanitarian response projects in response to crises and emergencies. The global humanitarian team manages, evaluates funding requests, and monitors implementation. requests for funding and monitors implementation. Projects are response projects for up to 6 months maximum and provide initial support, with the idea that the Member Association or Collaborating Partner will then look for another options.

ForoLac2030
media center

| 17 March 2022

IPPF ACRO present at the Forum of Latin American and Caribbean Countries on Sustainable Development 2022.

The Fifth Meeting of the Forum of Latin American and Caribbean countries on Sustainable Development 2022 was held in Costa Rica - San José from March 7 to 9, in its face-to-face/virtual form due to COVID-19.   This event brought together 1,200 people, including government delegates and representatives of international organizations, the United Nations, the private sector, academia and civil society to discuss the progress and challenges of implementing the 2030 Agenda in the region and how the region has been the most impacted by COVID-19 in terms of development from the health, economic and social point of view.  Pamela Martín García, IPPF ACRO's Advocacy and Communications Manager, participated in this indispensable space for regional integration and cooperation. First at the Civil Society meeting and then at the Forum, as well as the March 8th rally in Costa Rica                           During the event for International Women's Day, civil society representatives expressed their concern about the advance of authoritarian proposals in various governments of the region with public policies that generate setbacks in terms of human rights, sexual and reproductive rights. They also denounced the extreme vulnerability of women environmental defenders in different countries. They called on governments to take affirmative action to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women in the region.  One important statistic shared during the event was that 68% of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals continue on an insufficient trend towards 2030 and that only one third of the 111 targets evaluated are on an adequate pace and trajectory. This urges us to continue working to meet them. The greatest challenge today is to eradicate poverty in all its forms and is an indispensable requirement for sustainable development in the region.   During the closing ceremony, delegates from the countries, United Nations agencies, representatives of civil society and other participants paid tribute to Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC, who bids farewell to this position with full honors and after a formidable performance, always promoting and defending the human rights of all people. It was she, with her lucidity and eloquence, who for more than 20 years incorporated the feminist perspective in ECLAC and its actions. We join in the heartfelt recognition of a leader who knew how to build in the adversity of inequalities a light of hope throughout the region.       

ForoLac2030
media_center

| 14 May 2022

IPPF ACRO present at the Forum of Latin American and Caribbean Countries on Sustainable Development 2022.

The Fifth Meeting of the Forum of Latin American and Caribbean countries on Sustainable Development 2022 was held in Costa Rica - San José from March 7 to 9, in its face-to-face/virtual form due to COVID-19.   This event brought together 1,200 people, including government delegates and representatives of international organizations, the United Nations, the private sector, academia and civil society to discuss the progress and challenges of implementing the 2030 Agenda in the region and how the region has been the most impacted by COVID-19 in terms of development from the health, economic and social point of view.  Pamela Martín García, IPPF ACRO's Advocacy and Communications Manager, participated in this indispensable space for regional integration and cooperation. First at the Civil Society meeting and then at the Forum, as well as the March 8th rally in Costa Rica                           During the event for International Women's Day, civil society representatives expressed their concern about the advance of authoritarian proposals in various governments of the region with public policies that generate setbacks in terms of human rights, sexual and reproductive rights. They also denounced the extreme vulnerability of women environmental defenders in different countries. They called on governments to take affirmative action to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women in the region.  One important statistic shared during the event was that 68% of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals continue on an insufficient trend towards 2030 and that only one third of the 111 targets evaluated are on an adequate pace and trajectory. This urges us to continue working to meet them. The greatest challenge today is to eradicate poverty in all its forms and is an indispensable requirement for sustainable development in the region.   During the closing ceremony, delegates from the countries, United Nations agencies, representatives of civil society and other participants paid tribute to Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC, who bids farewell to this position with full honors and after a formidable performance, always promoting and defending the human rights of all people. It was she, with her lucidity and eloquence, who for more than 20 years incorporated the feminist perspective in ECLAC and its actions. We join in the heartfelt recognition of a leader who knew how to build in the adversity of inequalities a light of hope throughout the region.       

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media center

| 25 February 2022

Statement on the escalating conflict in Ukraine

Following the disturbing reports coming out of Ukraine, IPPF has released a media statement on behalf of the Federation and its Member Association in Ukraine.   Despite the fact that sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRHR) needs increase significantly during conflict and humanitarian situations, the significant vulnerabilities of affected populations and displaced people are often overlooked, especially the experiences of women, girls and marginalized populations who are at increased risk of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and sexual and gender-based violence. IPPF’s Director-General, Dr Alvaro Bermejo, said:   "The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is deeply concerned about the escalation of conflict in Ukraine. We take our responsibility to preserve the enormous gains made in life-saving sexual and reproductive healthcare across the country very seriously, especially for women, girls and marginalised populations, whose vulnerability and experiences are so often overlooked in humanitarian situations.  "For 20 years, IPPF has consistently worked to strengthen and protect the reproductive rights of people in Ukraine, working in the frontline conflict zones of Lugansk and Donetsk since 2014, training medical specialists to provide life-saving reproductive healthcare, psychosocial support and quality care to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. “Our teams are now contingency planning across the region to address not only the needs of those still in Ukraine, but also the millions who are likely to be displaced by the conflict and who will require critical support to continue accessing healthcare. We will work closely with partners and other NGOs to ensure the least possible disruption to services. "IPPF stands in solidarity with the international community and the brave people of Ukraine who for the last eight years have faced terrifying and difficult circumstances that nobody should ever have to suffer through. We stand by IPPF's frontline team, who, despite the dangers, continue to facilitate life-saving healthcare for those who need it most. We will be monitoring the situation closely to ensure the safety of our colleagues across the region.” For European outlets, please contact [email protected] For UK and other international media outlets, please contact Karmen Ivey on [email protected] or [email protected]  

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| 25 February 2022

Statement on the escalating conflict in Ukraine

Following the disturbing reports coming out of Ukraine, IPPF has released a media statement on behalf of the Federation and its Member Association in Ukraine.   Despite the fact that sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRHR) needs increase significantly during conflict and humanitarian situations, the significant vulnerabilities of affected populations and displaced people are often overlooked, especially the experiences of women, girls and marginalized populations who are at increased risk of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and sexual and gender-based violence. IPPF’s Director-General, Dr Alvaro Bermejo, said:   "The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is deeply concerned about the escalation of conflict in Ukraine. We take our responsibility to preserve the enormous gains made in life-saving sexual and reproductive healthcare across the country very seriously, especially for women, girls and marginalised populations, whose vulnerability and experiences are so often overlooked in humanitarian situations.  "For 20 years, IPPF has consistently worked to strengthen and protect the reproductive rights of people in Ukraine, working in the frontline conflict zones of Lugansk and Donetsk since 2014, training medical specialists to provide life-saving reproductive healthcare, psychosocial support and quality care to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. “Our teams are now contingency planning across the region to address not only the needs of those still in Ukraine, but also the millions who are likely to be displaced by the conflict and who will require critical support to continue accessing healthcare. We will work closely with partners and other NGOs to ensure the least possible disruption to services. "IPPF stands in solidarity with the international community and the brave people of Ukraine who for the last eight years have faced terrifying and difficult circumstances that nobody should ever have to suffer through. We stand by IPPF's frontline team, who, despite the dangers, continue to facilitate life-saving healthcare for those who need it most. We will be monitoring the situation closely to ensure the safety of our colleagues across the region.” For European outlets, please contact [email protected] For UK and other international media outlets, please contact Karmen Ivey on [email protected] or [email protected]