International Foundation for Population and Development - IFPD, Switzerland
The International Foundation for Population and Development (IFPD) is a Swiss Foundation, which was established in Lausanne in 1999. IFPD's commitments are in line with the programme of action adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo (1994) – as well as with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) endorsed by member states at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000. IFPD is not affiliated to any governmental, religious, political or ideological body or institution. It is a not-for-profit organisation and depends on donations to finance its projects.
IFPD's mission is aimed at developing and supporting projects that improve the health and quality of life for women and children in developing countries, and that offer them equal opportunities to participate in the social and economic life of their communities, in compliance with their basic human rights. IFPD works in close collaboration with local partners to develop and implement programmes that focus on access to primary and preventive health, sexual and reproductive health, education and training, and income generating activities. The Foundation creates partnerships with governmental institutions, international organisations, NGOs and representatives of the private sector for resource mobilisation as well as project implementation, in the best interest of all individuals and populations involved.
Links to the health workforce crisis
In the context of the WIN (Women of India Network) project in Mumbai, which IFPD is involved in since 2001, a specific focus is placed on the (ongoing) training of female health workers, who are recruited among the project beneficiaries (slum population). The activities of health workers deal with health and medical issues as well as with questions related to the social and economic status of women and girls. Health workers play an essential role within the project as they hold a key position on the level of information and education, raising awareness among families in a decentralised way (i.e. outside health centres) Each health worker looks after approximately 250 families and visits about 20 of them each day.
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