For almost 15 years, PPGNHI has supported projects that increase access to reproductive health and education in numerous countries around the globe.
Through working with Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands (PPGNHI) Global Programs, our partner organizations are discovering and sharing innovative and relevant solutions to reproductive health problems. Partnerships are a learning exchange, with benefits for all team members.
From 2003 to 2012, PPGNHI partnered with the Youth Development Foundation (YDF) in Cameroon, providing technical and financial support. By creating a space for youth to receive education and services, YDF empowers adolescent Cameroonians to use their voice and make a difference in their communities.
With the support of Planned Parenthood, YDF programs trained 120 peer educators who reach over 1,200 youth each year. Our support contributed to the opening of a new health clinic that provides low-cost birth control and testing for sexually transmitted infections. To build capacity, YDF leveraged PPGNHI’s support to attract additional funding, including the Clinton Foundation and Cameroonian Government, thereby increasing its long-term sustainability.
From 2001 to 2005, we partnered with Centro Medico de Orientacion Y Planifacion Familiar, (CEMOPLAF), an Ecuadorian family planning organization. We provided technical assistance to CEMOPLAF on peer education programs, and our staff and volunteers had the opportunity to learn about and become advocates for international family planning. Planned Parenthood education staff and volunteer Teen Council peer educators traveled to Ecuador, and Ecuadorian teens and CEMOPLAF staff came to Washington state in a series of cross-cultural exchanges and trainings.
In 2005, a Planned Parenthood funded theater troupe gathered stories about Ecuadorian family planning and sexuality. In partnership with The Sierra Club and One by One, these stories were shared in a video and at local community presentations, with a goal of increasing awareness about international family planning.
Motivated by PPGNHI Global Programs champion Suzanne Cluett’s long history in Nepal, we have supported family planning in Nepal since 2006. Suzanne’s Shelter was built at the suggestion of our partners at Himalayan Health & Environmental Services to create a women’s shelter specifically for maternity patients next to the regional hospital of Phaplu, Solo Khumbu in the Everest region of Eastern Nepal.
Pregnant women living in this mountainous region often walk several days from remote villages to reach the hospital. At Suzanne’s Shelter, they are provided with free or low-cost room and board prior to and after childbirth or other medical procedures before they start their journeys back home. The Shelter also serves as a vital community center for health education and promotion. For example, one education event we led at the Shelter was an “OB/GYN camp” to train local healthcare providers in ultrasound technology.
Joining with the Seattle based nonprofit Health Leadership International (HLI), PPGNHI’s Global Programs provided our expertise to address the pressing need for medical training in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) from 2008 through 2011. One of the least developed and lowest income countries in Southeast Asia, 80% of Lao PDR is rural with little access to government services or healthcare. Our work in Lao included our medical staff providing continuing medical education courses to Laotian doctors, nurses, and rural medical assistants and the translation of “Where Women have No Doctor,” a key resource that helps communities understand, treat, and prevent many health problems that affect women.