GlobeMed at Indiana University partners with CEMOPLAF in Cajabamba, Ecuador to support fertility awareness, sexuality education, and HIV prevention.
GlobeMed at Indiana University + CEMOPLAF
GlobeMed at Indiana University | Bloomington, Indiana
Medical Center Orientation and Family Planning (CEMOPLAF) | Cajabamba, Ecuador
Approximately 30% of Cajabamba’s population, mostly poor and indigenous, have no access to even the most basic health care.
A lack of sexual health education and contraceptive use among adolescents contributes to nearly one in 10 adolescents giving birth each year.
“GlobeMed offered something unique: tools to problem solve via sustainable and manageable projects. These tools are empowering in a group of individuals whose personalities are matchless and have shown me the good in the world. Global health and social justice is about just that – recognizing the good in the midst of crisis.”
– Hidemi DeHays, Indiana University, ’11
“We appreciate your interest in working with the adolescents in our community, because they do not have all the opportunities and possibilities available to the boys and girls of other cities. We are thankful and admire your effort and work to support adolescents.”
– CEMOPLAF Cajabamba
About the Partnership
CEMOPLAF, whose acronym translates into Medical Center Orientation and Family Planning, is an organization based in Cajabamba, Ecuador that focuses on sexual and reproductive health issues. Founded in 1974, it provides a wide array of sexual health services, including but not limited to: medical clinics, community distribution posts, family planning services, and general and pediatric consultations. Since 2010, GlobeMed at Indiana University has raised over $7,000 for CEMOPLAF is currently working with them on projects related to fertility awareness, sexuality education, and HIV prevention in 21 communities.
This year, GlobeMed at Indiana University plans to help to fund a needlework program for women in the rural, mountainous region of Central Ecuador. CEMOPLAF Cajabamba, will supply and facilitate these needlework workshops as a method of raising discussion about issues of sexual and reproductive health inequity among Ecuadorean women. GlobeMed at Indiana University is also working on a second project to support CEMOPLAF Cajabamba’s sexual and reproductive health education programs. Their funds will support hiring a theatrical director and playwright, who will engage CEMOPLAF’s youth volunteers in productions geared towards educating youth in rural communities. The funds will also go towards supplies for these productions, as well as transportation costs to help the volunteers reach remote and impoverished areas of the mountainous area of Ecuador.
A traditional artisan craft, weaving and knitting have also served as a means for both indigenous and Spanish women to come together to discuss political and social issues, and to address community conflicts.