Amazon Promise’s Family Planning Program
Access to family planning is essential to securing the well-being and autonomy of women in developing communities. Family planning is one of the most powerful tools we can use to interrupt the cycle of grinding poverty that oppresses women and limits their life choices. Incorporating family planning into basic health care services improves maternal and child health and welfare while also conserving natural resources.
We work closely with Geresa Loreto (Ministry of Health in Iquitos) medical brigade, travelling by boat and on foot, to reach women and their families living in remote communities of the lower Ucayali river to provide follow-up, register new participants to the program, and provide urgent and basic medical care to the general population.
The remote communities where Amazon Promise works are only accessible by boat, so getting to a medical center or hospital is next to impossible for the majority of women. Providing effective community-based educational programs improves health and enhances quality of life. Promotion of family planning and ensuring access to preferred methods of contraception for women and couples is essential to supporting the overall health and development of these communities.
Amazon Promise remains engaged with all of the women who have received the various methods of contraception mentioned, which is sponsored by the Peruvian Ministry of Health, to ensure they know the insertion and removal dates of the arm implants, potential side effects, and ways to seek out immediate care if needed.
Amazon Promise team members, Adriana Calizaya, Segundo Coloma, Ricky Coloma, and Nancy Bardales organise the logistics to ensure a safe and successful trip.