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About IPPF Americas and the Caribbean Region
IPPF has been a presence in the Americans and the Caribbean for almost 70 years. IPPF Americas and the Caribbean is committed to providing life-saving sexual and reproductive healthcare to those who are in need, especially to women, girls, and those from poor and marginalized communities.
“At BFPA, we don’t turn away anyone”
In Barbados, the age of consent is 16 but “there is still the issue of the age of access versus the age of consent.” Keriann explained that there’s no legal framework that prevents young people between 16 and 18 from accessing SRH services; there is the cultural “assumption that they must bring parent/guardian to be seen by a medical professional.”
A confident and accessible place
Kiamara Meneses, 25, a sociologist, says that she found out about the institution through Facebook and when she arrived at counseling with her partner she felt confident: “We liked the way the explanation was provided and it was all very clear, so we kept coming back all of 2019, until 2020, because I was considering having a subdermal implant and I came to consult”, she commented.
Delivering contraception directly to the client
Famia Planea Aruba’s (FPA) bespoke healthcare delivery has seen successful growth since it started,“There has been an immense increase in the service in 2020 due to the pandemic. We already had the service in place, so we just had to fill in the gaps; for example, providing more hours and dates for clients to make use of the service.”