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NAIROBI, KENYA – Planned Parenthood mourns the loss of Dr. Fernando Tamayo Ogliastri, founder of Profamilia Colombia and a pioneer for sexual and reproductive health and rights in his home country of Colombia.

Statement from Latanya Mapp Frett, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global:

Dr. Fernando Tamayo leaves a great legacy behind him. He was a trailblazer for sexual and reproductive health and rights in Colombia during a time when few people were talking about it. He identified, very early on, the importance of ensuring women had access to contraception, and he devoted his life’s work to this cause. Our thoughts are with Dr. Tamayo’s family and his colleagues at Profamilia.

Dr. Tamayo founded Profamilia Colombia in 1965. Profamilia is the Colombian member association to International Planned Parenthood Federation.

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For more than 45 years Planned Parenthood Federation of America has supported access to sexual and reproductive health care and advocated for reproductive rights around the world through our international arm, Planned Parenthood Global. In partnership with more than 100 organizations across 12 focus countries in Africa and Latin America, we advance the health and rights of young people, women and families, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable and underserved. Last year, our partners reached over a million people with sexual and reproductive health information and services provided by our partners. Our unique sustainability model sets us apart, as we empower partners to stand on their own. We help grassroots organizations develop solid reproductive health programs, identify other sources of funding, build their communications and advocacy skills, and develop strategic plans.