Family Planning & Reproductive Health
Family planning is a stated policy of the Venezuelan government, but the nation has not been able to keep up with the tremendous demand for this critical elective service. In a country whose population has more than quadrupled over the past 60 years, the unmet need for family planning remains enormous. In the state of Sucre, where we work, the teen pregnancy rate is one of the highest in the country, placing it among the highest in the Caribbean basin, and hence in the world.
The Turimiquire Foundation, through our sister organization Fundación ServYr in Venezuela, has helped to re-animate family planning services in the state of Sucre. We have supported and expanded family planning in two public hospitals, several private clinics, urban “ambulatorios” (free walk-in public health facilities), and in selected rural ambulatorios in three counties. We offer reproductive health education, contraceptives, medical procedures, logistic, and administrative support for family planning services and reproductive health workshops. All services are implemented by Venezuelan health care professionals in strict accordance with Venezuelan public health policies.
From 1997 through 2016, we have delivered 100,000 Couple Years of Protection (CYPs), the metric by which USAID measures family planning achievement, directly serving more than 41,000 rural women and families.
Our impact has been substantive and life-changing.