Seychellois invited as global family welfare body turns 60


They are ASFF chairperson Germaine Gill, its national programme manager Monica Servina and ASFF’s Youth Action Movement’s peer educator Ayiel Bonne.

The IPPF worked in Seychelles in the 1970s but the ASFF started working in collaboration with IPPF later and since 1996 the two have been working together. The ASFF is yet to be a member of the IPPF but is working towards being one.

The ASFF is a non-governmental organisation specialised in sexual and reproductive health in Seychelles.

It gives services such as family planning, sexual health counseling, HIV counseling and testing, men’s health clinic and runs a sexual reproductive specialist clinic by appointment to those who contact them on 4323211 during working hours.

For 60 years the IPPF has been giving family planning and sexual health services in Africa.

In the early 1950s, a group of women and men started to campaign vociferously and visibly for women’s rights to control their own fertility.  At that time, family planning was not seen as right and it faced a lot of opposition.

The celebrations are being hosted by the Pan African Parliament in partnership with the government of South Africa. They started on Wednesday last week and will go on until Thursday.

The ongoing commemorative activities include a leadership training for men and women who lead health institutions in Africa, a Youth Forum that brings together young men and women’s sexual health advocates under the age of 24 in Africa to strengthen conversations and leadership on what it means to have or not have access to sexual health services as young people in Africa. They are expected to come up with strategies on continued engagement with policy makers.

There will be a gala night and during an awards ceremony, the groundbreaking book: 60 years, 60 Stories will be launched by Namibia’s First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba.

The book contains testimonials of the early volunteers, poor women whose lives would have been different had they not accessed family planning early, and workers who risk everything to go to the most remote places to promote family planning.