+ Member of the Moment: Family Planning New Zealand
Family Planning New Zealand is most known for its extended network of 30 clinics across Aotearoa where staff provide quality sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services across some 160,000 client visits each year. We also provide clinical training and health promotion services across Aotearoa. In addition to being the largest provider of SRH and education services in the country, we draw on our varied expertise to contribute on an international stage by delivering projects with clinics in the Pacific, filling knowledge gaps with sound research and, advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.
Our international work emerged following the International Commission on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994 which resulted in the historic statement that sexual and reproductive health information and services is a fundamental human right. We believe and international research confirms that the fulfilment of sexual and reproductive rights is one of the most effective ways to maximise opportunities for all genders, contributing to gender equality, health equity, and positive economic, educational and development outcomes for all.
At Family Planning we want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential as they define it and our international work is a key part of achieving that vision.
We know that sexual and reproductive health and rights projects need to be culturally responsive to address local challenges. That’s why we partner with the dedicated local teams at the Kiribati Family Health Association and the Vanuatu Family Health Association who bring their expertise to deliver the Kiribati Healthy Families Project
and the Planem Gud Famili Blong Yumi project. These projects focus on capacity building, increased access to services and information, as well as research and advocacy. We thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for their generous support of this work.
We also carry out quantitative and qualitative research with our partners in Pacific countries to show how sexual and reproductive health intersects with international development. For instance a recent report, Family Planning in South Tarawa, Kiribati: Usage and Barriers
unpacks barriers to contraceptive uptake in Kiribati. The report’s findings have guided the Kiribati Healthy Families Project and advocacy work in Kiribati.
Other work includes our role as secretariat for a cross party group of members of parliament – the New Zealand Parliamentarians’ Group on Population and Development
(NZPPD). This group focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues in the Pacific and further afield, ensuring that these topics remain on the political agenda in the conversations taking place in Parliament.
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