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International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region
June 30, 2011

I have been associated with GRPA for the last 16 years. Only recently I worked with the Association to develop its new strategic plan 2010-2015. It is my opinion that the founders of this Association unknowingly opened a new era in the history of sexual and reproductive health in Guyana. And in so doing they laid the foundation upon which civil society’s response to public health challenges was built. They planted their footprints firmly on the sexual and reproductive health landscape in Guyana which previously was the domain of the Ministry of Health.
GRPA’s valiant efforts provided guidance and impetus to many non-governmental organisations that are now firmly entrenched within the national response to HIV and AIDS. GRPA has always placed great emphasis on family planning as evidence in its first objective, “Promote Sexual and Reproductive health including family planning through information, education and services.” GRPA has responded to the global public health issue - AIDS – having recognised the relationships between HIV and sexual and reproductive health.
GRPA should be commended for breaking new ground when it became the first NGO in Guyana to provide management and treatment for STIs. The Association has been supporting the efforts of the Government of Guyana to deliver STI management and treatment for sex workers and men who have sex with men through partnerships with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and NGOs that engage these groups with activities to achieve HIV prevention. The Association’s work has impacted the lives of countless Guyanese women, men, young people and families through the provision of quality and comprehensive SRH and HIV services. GRPA should be lauded for its work to intensify and scale up HIV prevention and to link HIV response to sexual and reproductive health. The Association’s new strategic plan provides a solid foundation upon which to build a sustainability plan, mobilise resources needed for implementation, and guide donor support.

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I benefited personally from GRPA’s institutional mentoring during the establishment of Lifeline Counselling Services, a non profit organisation I founded in 1996.

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

Work towards reducing the underutilisation of the clinic and the youth centre.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Led the development of the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association's Strategic Plan 2010 - 2015.