Asociación Chilena de Protección de la Familia (APROFA) and MILES Chile
APROFA works to ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care as a fundamental human right. Founded in 1965, APROFA is a pioneer of family planning in Chile and was the first organization in the country to focus on underserved and impoverished areas. The majority of its clients receive free care, including contraception, gynecological exams, and sexual health counseling.
APROFA has made working with young people its priority, especially those who are the most susceptible to unplanned pregnancies and HIV infections. One of APROFA’s key areas of focus is building the capacity of teachers to promote and provide comprehensive sexuality education for students that includes gender equality, human rights, and acceptance of sexual diversity. APROFA’s sex education curriculum is among the options Chile's 12,000 schools can teach.
MILES Chile is an NGO dedicated to generating change in public policy related to sexual and reproductive health and rights through advocacy. In Chile, one of six countries in the world that prohibit abortion without exception, MILES is working to decriminalize abortion.
MILES Chile is known for training health and social-science professionals in sexual and reproductive health and rights, and for providing technical assistance to institutions and decision makers in these areas. It also focuses on the implementation of sexual education in schools throughout Chile, research on gender and sexual and reproductive health, and legal and social services for people who have been denied their sexual and reproductive rights.