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International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region
June 28, 2011

The NGO known as the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), continues to be a highly respected global provider of sexual and reproductive as well as quality health care, with an amazing umbrella network of clinics and services in over 150 countries and millions of volunteers. The federation’s unquestionable commitment to health care Access, Adolescents, Advocacy, Abortion and in more recent times HIV/AIDS, allow its volunteers and staff to come into direct contact with the needs of humanity and especially the poor and underserved. Impressed with their work, I became a volunteer almost four decades ago.

The organization’s ongoing support for local member organizations is offered in a variety of forms including, training in health matters, administration, procedural guidance and all aspects of the management of a Non Governmental Organization This guidance has benefited the forty-one (41) member countries of the Western Hemisphere region including, small developing states like Barbados and the Caribbean Islands.

At a personal level, I have been proud to sit amongst other volunteers from this region and indeed the world body, to serve on its committees, share experiences and advise, and to be part of a variety of sustainable planning objectives, which continue to benefit those in need and those without a voice, in the important corridors of decision making especially in health and human rights matters.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Areas of poverty in Barbados and other regional countries, where contraceptive use has been encouraged and where participation in outreach programmes in the villages and the inner city, has resulted in higher attendance at our clinics, less unwanted pregnancies and an awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention and training for the youth in these matters. Our trained staff also visit and provide information to young adults including those in class rooms at various institutions of learning.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Seek to attract more funding for essential programmes in pockets of poverty across the world and encourage more lobbying to 'bring on board' more governments in the fight for a healthier world.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & served a a volunteer on the local board, as a committee member, as chair of the organization as well as a delegate and chairman of committees at the international level .