Namibia Planned Parenthood Association (NAPPA) A Registered Welfare Association
The Namibia Planned 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 (ages 10-24). The Association subscribes to current Government policy on population and reproductive health, and focuses its services to disadvantaged and undeserved groups, especially young people and women.
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 led initiatives. Emphasis is placed on educational interventions focused on the needs of in- and out-of-school youth. As a complementary strategy, 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 branches in eight of Namibia’s fourteen regions, and clinics in seven regions: Khomas, Erongo, Kavango East, Ohangwena, Karas, Omusati, Otjozondjupa and Zambezi. The adolescent-friendly approach adopted at NAPPA’s clinics has proven 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 recent decision to expand the physical capacity of the Khomas clinic to address the exceptionally high level of demand. Furthermore, NAPPA is currently in the process of assessing eighth additional clinical facilities which will come under the Association’s administration by the mid-2017, and which will thereby expand its presence to a total of ten regions.