INMED is proud to be included in a recent fact sheet released by UNFPA Peru, recognizing INMED Andes’ partnership in addressing adolescent health in indigenous communities in the Ucayali region as part of the 2012-2016 Regional Youth Plan.
Based on strong performance delivering other reproductive health education programming in the region, INMED was selected as a partner to directly deliver adolescent health activities in indigenous communities. INMED is implementing programs focused on the intercultural health issues between the Shipibo-Conibo and Ashaninka communities and the central health system, including gender violence, sexual and reproductive health, and adolescent issues focused on health and human rights. Local INMED staff are working with youth and families in their native languages to integrate modern life-saving healthcare with traditional practices and beliefs, impacting more than 15,200 adolescents and 1,200 other women of reproductive age.
The fact sheet, The Young People in Ucayali, points to the necessity of INMED’s programs in the region:
- 25% of the population in Ucayali are young people between ages 15-29, and 24% of them are poor.
- 27% of women in the region are pregnant before age 20, compared to 13% across the rest of the country.
- 1 in 3 women between ages 15-29 have been victims of physical or sexual violence in a past relationship.
A digital version of the fact sheet is available for download in Spanish at the UNFPA Peru website: www.unfpa.org.pe/juventuducayali
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the world’s largest multilateral source of funding for population and reproductive health programs. The Fund works with governments and non-governmental organizations in over 150 countries with the support of the international community, supporting programs that help women, men and young people and delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.