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Forum. 2001 Jan; 15(1):6.Profamilia of Colombia was one of International Planned Parenthood/Western Hemisphere Region's first affiliates to make a concerted effort in reaching out to male clients. Recognized as one of the largest health care providers in Colombia, it could play a key role in meeting men's health needs and breaking down inequalities. By catering to male clients, Profamilia hoped to learn more about men's needs and to educate them to improve both men's and women's attitudes towards gender roles and family planning. Furthermore, by creating and marketing services for men, the association has helped to change stereotypes about male roles and responsibilities in family planning, and sexual and reproductive health. The association's clinics offer services in urology, infertility, sex therapy, general medicine, outpatient surgery, laboratory services, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and family planning services like vasectomy. It is noted that the quality and variety of services offered by the association has contributed well in the expansion of its male clientele.
London, England, IPPF, 1983. 19 p.This paper reviews the policies of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), assesses the lessons learned, raises key issues influencing policy formulation and program development, and identifies the options available at all levels of IPPF to meet the fertility related needs of young people, be they boys or girls. (IPPF considers young people to range from ages 10 to 25). Young people are an increasing percentage of the world's population and are perplexed by profoundly changing social enviornments and by how to deal with pregnancy. IPPF programs include fertility related services such as counseling and contraceptive services, and education in family planning. The paper stresses that sex education needs to start before young people become sexually active. It is essential that youth participate in the family planning movement; 1 major problem is that parents and many other adults feel that provision of family planning services for adolescents encourages promiscuity. The report documents IPPF collaboration with kindred international nongovernmental organizations. It recommends that family planning associations mobilize community resouces by lobbying policy and decision makers to get them to respect the rights of youth for family planning services. Future directions for the IPPF include youth related activities, influence on government policies and programs, pilot projects, and research data collection.