The NamibiaPlanned Parenthood Association (NAPPA) was established in 1996 to complement the Government’s efforts in the provision of sexual and reproductive health(SRH) information and services to the people of Namibia. NAPPA has grown over the years to become the leading national provider of information, education, counselling and services on SHR, particularly to young people (aged 10-24). The Association subscribes to currentGovernment policy on population and reproductive health, and focuses its services to disadvantaged and undeserved groups, especially young people, women, sex workers (SWs) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI)people.
Since its establishment, NAPPA has accrued considerable experience in community mobilisation using a variety of innovative strategies to empower Namibians with the knowledge and skills necessary to enjoy healthy, productive and fulfilling lives. The Association has focused heavily on the needs of groups who often have limited understanding of their fundamental rights and has sought to raise awareness among these groups through community designed, based and lead initiatives. Emphasis is placed on educational interventions focused on the needs of in- and out-of-school youth.
NAPPA conducts extensive advocacy work aimed at raising both political and public awareness of key SRH issues, and in ensuring that people’s fundamental SHR rights are protected and promoted.
The Association has continually expanded the geographic scope of its operations, and now has seven youth friendly clinics in seven (Khomas, Erongo, Karas, Omusati, Ohangwena, Kavango East and Zambezi) of fourteen political regions in Namibia. NAPPA offers services through both static and mobile/outreach delivery points. The mobile/outreach services are extended to sites with high adolescence and youth density, such as high schools and institutions of higher learning. The adolescent-friendly approach adopted at NAPPA’s clinics has proven to be very popular with residents in the clinics’ catchment areas, resulting in a continual increase in the number of clients seeking services from the Association and a gradual increase in the variety of SRH and rights services provided at the clinics.