In Haiti, a common household item is saving women’s lives. A mother of five, Emmanuela Joseph regularly visits the Profamil clinic in Port-au-Prince. A few months ago, a nurse explained that Profamil had a fast and accurate test to detect cervical cancer. Emmanuela agreed, and the test results...Read more
Gender-based violence remains a chronic problem in Haiti, affecting hundreds of girls and women each year. The Haiti Adolescent Girls Network works to protect and empower vulnerable girls, so they may safely navigate the volatile post-earthquake environment and break the cycle of poverty. It...Read more
Sitting with a group of parents and their children on the porch of Profamil’s headquarters, Mariola Dhema recounted vividly the day her three-year old daughter was raped by a 10 and a four-year old boys. Shifting on her chair and visibly uncomfortable, Dhema said the older boy pinned her daughter...Read more
Elba Luz Villalobos Navarro is a 62-year-old woman from El Salvador with long graying hair and a kind smile. Two years ago, a doctor in a public health clinic told Elba she was displaying symptoms of cervical cancer. He told her to buy a $40 cream to treat the symptoms, but did not give her a...Read more
Elba Luz Villalobos Navarro is a 62-year-old woman from El Salvador with long graying hair and a kind smile. Two years ago, a doctor in a public health clinic told Elba she was displaying symptoms of cervical cancer. He told her to buy a $40 cream to treat the symptoms, but did not give her a...Read more
In June 2011, I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti with IPPF/WHR to celebrate the opening of a new clinic. Although I was only there for a couple days, the trip had a big impact on me. Seeing the work of Profamil, IPPF/WHR's Member Association, affirmed my strong belief in the importance of...Read more
Although I've worked with IPPF/WHR for more than 20 years, last month was the first time I ever accompanied our supporters on an extensive visit to one of our Member Associations. It was my pleasure to travel with Jerry and Diane Cunningham to Haiti, and it was a treat to spend time with them on...Read more
Join us in wishing a very happy birthday to IPPF/WHR Member Association PROFAMIL Haiti! Today, we celebrate the progress the organization has made since its founding 27 years ago, especially its accomplishments since the devastating earthquake in 2010. As a leader in the field of sexual and...Read more
Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most widespread, yet least recognized, human rights violations. No matter where she or he is born, the 7 billionth person will live in an environment where violence against women is common—in fact, the World Health Organization estimates that at least 1 in...Read more