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International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Planning, Family Violence Shelters, Health, Homeless & Housing, International, International Development, International Human Rights, Reproductive Rights

Mission: Our Vision: IPPF envisages a world in which all women, men and young people have access to the information and services they need; a world in which sexuality is recognized both as a natural and precious aspect of life and as a fundamental human right; a world in which choices are fully respected and where stigma and discrimination have no place. Our Mission: IPPF aims to improve the quality of life of individuals by campaigning for sexual and reproductive health and rights through advocacy and services, especially for poor and vulnerable people. We defend the right of all young people to enjoy their sexual lives free from ill health, unwanted pregnancy, violence and discrimination. We support a woman’s right to choose to terminate her pregnancy legally and safely. We strive to eliminate sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS. What We Believe: We see a world where women and men everywhere have control over their own bodies, and therefore their destinies. A world where they are free to choose parenthood or not; free to decide how many children they will have and when; free to pursue healthy sexual lives without fear of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. A world where gender or sexuality are no longer a source of inequality or stigma.

Target demographics: ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care as a human right for all.

Direct beneficiaries per year: millions of people though providing nearly 33 million services—such as contraception and gynecological consultations—in nearly every country in the Americas and the Caribbean and helped safeguard 37 national policies and legislation in support of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Geographic areas served: the Americas and the Caribbean

Programs: We believe that every individual is entitled to quality health care and a life free of violence and discrimination. We reach young people and poor communities with free or subsidized sexual and reproductive health services in a region characterized by high rates of adolescent pregnancy and extreme income inequality.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jenny S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region is an organization with over 50 years of experience and has remained on the cutting edge of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Latin America and across the world.



Rating: 5

I have volunteered for IPPF since 2000, first within Canada at a local planned parenthood, then on our national board before joining the international governing body. The broad reach of IPPF that this represents is what makes the organization so successful at working to improve the health of individuals, families and communities through local interventions and global advocacy.



Rating: 5

Last year, I had the opportunity to join the WestWind Foundation whose mission is to promote the protection of the environment and improve access to reproductive health care. Through this opportunity I was able to get on the ground experience with some of the reproductive health groups that I have an interest in. During the past few months I have had the chance to work with RHRP groups in several countries and the experiences have enhanced my awareness of the critically important need that organizations like International Planned Parenthood Federation

1 nikkispeer


Rating: 5

I am a staff member of IPPF/WHR and I am also a donor. My husband and I give personally to the organization that I work for because I have seen the work that IPPF/WHR is doing first-hand. The 40 Member Associations that make up the region are working in some of the hardest, most difficult areas of the Western Hemisphere where poverty, malnutrition and little or no opportunity for education combine to create suffering on a scale we often do not understand as Americans. IPPF/WHR is on the front-lines of the battle to break the cycle of desperate poverty by addressing a fundamental need for reproductive and sexual healthcare. In Colombia, for instance, where the world's second largest group of displaced persons reside (after only the Sudan) IPPF/WHR Member Association, Profamilia, is providing low-cost birth control, emergency contraception, Pap Smears, Vasectomy and Tubal Ligation and educating a new generation of young people through innovative programming designed to make them leaders in stopping violence and making good choices in life. I feel that my money, regardless of it pays for a pap smears, birth control or general healthcare is being invested in very directly alleviating the suffering (or potential suffering) of another human being(s) while also benefiting all of us and our planet. I'm proud to work for IPPF/WHR and even prouder still to be a donor.

Carol J.

Board Member

Rating: 4

I joined this Board, I believe, to strengthen one of the Five A's in its mandate, having worked in the field of HIV/AIDS, nationally, regionally and internationally for over twenty years.
The fact that the organization would seek to strengthen all areas was to me impressive and spoke to the fact that they were serious about meeting their strategic objectives.
Board meetings are serious, well-organized, in depth and are guided by a strong Chair, a knowledgable and interactivePresident and a most able and impressive Executive Director.
Meaningful attention is paid both to overarching goals and objectives but also to meeting the objectives at individual country levels, to include addressing the concerns of volunteers.
The Board represents a wide cross-section of skills including financial skills and the Secretariat has also managed to attract similar breadth of skills and remarkable commitment.