Packard Foundation Directs $13 Million in New Grants to International Family Planning

 

  Packard Foundation Directs $13 Million in New Grants to International Family Planning

 

                                                             Excite News-Updated 4:12 PM ET March 23, 2000

 

  LOS ALTOS, Calif., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced today more than

  $13 million in new grants to develop innovative ways to bring voluntary family planning services to young people in the

  developing world.

 

  More than one billion teenagers will enter their reproductive years in 2000. The majority of these young people live in the

  developing world where access to reproductive health education and services is limited or nonexistent.

 

  One Packard grantee, "Family Health International" (FHI), working in coordination with the World Association of Girl

  Guides and Boy Scouts, will educate up to 900 Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in India on adolescent and reproductive

  health. According to FHI, trained Boy Scouts and Girl Guides who earn the new Healthy Adolescent Project Badge will

  become peer educators and reach, in turn, at least 22,500 adolescents and young adults in the Health Adolescent

  Refugees Program (HARP). Recently recognized by UNAIDS as an "International Best Practice," HARP has also been

  implemented in Egypt, Uganda, and Zambia.

 

  "The idea for this project originated with the Scout and Guide leadership in Calcutta. They recognized that the vast existing

  network of Scouts and Guides throughout India, including the poorest states in the north, could serve as an ideal vehicle

  for providing young people with reproductive health information," said Dr. Sarah Clark, Director of Packard's Population

  Program.

 

  Another Packard grantee, the Foundation for Adolescent Development (FAD), will use the foundation's gift to expand its

  Teen Healthquarters in the Philippines. Through Teen Healthquarters, FAD provides Filipino adolescents with counseling

  services, education, and primary healthcare including a full range of reproductive health services. "When we visited Teen

  Healthquarters, the teens told us that they appreciated the availability of counselors and the dedication of the volunteers

  who mentored them through adolescence," said Dr. Clark.

 

  These grants are part Packard's five-year, $375 million effort to provide access to voluntary family planning, programs for

  youth, protection of reproductive rights, and training for future leaders. The Population Program is focused in eight

  developing countries: Ethiopia, Myanmar, Sudan, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, India, and Nigeria.

 

  Organizations receiving a portion of the $13 million in new grants include:

 

      Pathfinder International:  Support comprehensive reproductive health training through private sector practitioners in Ethiopia.

      Family Health International (FHI) in coordination with the World  Association of Girl Guides and Boy Scouts:  Train peer educators in reproductive health outreach/India.

    

      Foundation for Adolescent Development (FAD):  Expand existing teen healthcare and education program/Philippines.

      Amhara Development Association:  Enhance community-based services/Ethiopia.

      Oromia Development Association:  Enhance community-based services/Ethiopia.

      Equidad de Genero:  Train women in advocacy and public policy/Mexico.

      Population Services International:  Strengthen reproductive health clinics/Pakistan.

      Columbia University:  Improve access to health services in forcedmigration settings.

      Planned Parenthood Federation of America:  Support proactive measures to prevent unintended pregnancy.

      University of Washington:  Provide academic training to future leaders in the fields of population, family planning, and  reproductive health.

 

  The Packard Foundation has dedicated nearly $400 million to innovative programs that provide family planning services

  and educate women and girls. Statistics show when women are educated and given equal opportunities and choice, their

  families, communities and countries flourish.

 

  The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a private family foundation created in 1964 by David Packard (1912-1996),

  co-founder of the Hewlett-Packard Company and Lucile Salter Packard (1914-1987). The Foundation provides grants

  to nonprofit organizations in the following broad program areas: conservation; population; science; children, families, and

  communities; arts; organizational effectiveness; and philanthropy. The Foundation makes grants at the national and

  international level. The Foundation's assets were approximately $13 billion as of December 31, 1999. Grant awards

  totaled approximately $411 million in 1999, and the Foundation expects to make grants of approximately $500 million in

  2000.

 

  CONTACT: Paula Marmion, 206-344-2496, or Susan Ward, 206-223-6457, both of DDB Seattle, for The David and

  Lucile Packard Foundation.