Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryAPROFE is a private, non-profit organization. It promotes family planning as a woman and man’s right to freely decide on the number desired and spacing between their children.
APROFE’s hallmark trait is offering low cost, high quality medical services as part of building whole health and well-being for each person and community.
Key program components
APROFE provides education regarding healthy behaviors which allow for informed decisions while responsibly practicing one’s sexuality, generating change through medical and information services in 13 coastal and mountainous Ecuadorian cities. The majority of their healthcare centers offer laboratory services, preventative testing, colposcopy, sonograms, and vaccinations for children and adults.
The APROFE website provides a virtual consultation service called “APROFE Responds,” which provides information regarding sexuality for the general public. With a username and password clients can also access their clinical lab results through this website.
APROFE’s most innovative programs include the following:
- Mobile APROFE: Provides reproductive health services (family planning consults, gynecology, prenatal care, pap smears) in marginalized urban neighborhoods in the city of Guayaquil as well as in rural populations. Medical services are accompanied by educational discussions regarding sexual and reproductive health. Educational campaigns in support of dental hygiene are also conducted during which dentistry services are offered. *_Community Center:_ Located in a western suburb of the city of Guayaquil, the center provides sexual and reproductive health trainings, as well as promotes the rights of women and of the family. Instructors provide sewing, craft-making, and beautician courses for a fee. Seniors citizens participate in classes and monthly field trips for free and have formed their own folk dance troupe that performs weekly.
- Medical and Social Brigades: Staff including a psychologist, health educator, dance instructor, and soccer coach rotate weekly through rural communities to conduct programming that builds social, mental and physical health. Course instructors from the community center join the brigade to teach courses as demand. In these courses, entrepreneurship is strongly encouraged. The ultimate goal of the medical and social brigades is to empower each town over several years to own and conduct comprehensive mental, social, and economic health activities.
- Franja (Solo Con Natura): A two-week artist residency that happens every two years in rural towns around Guayas province. Approximately 20 social-action artists conduct health-focused art projects that incorporate the town residents. The residency serves as an accelerator for the work of the medical and social brigades by creating projects that teach collaboration and empowerment.
- Conferences and Seminars: APROFE informs and educates the general public regarding healthy, responsible sexuality. Seminars and conferences are provided to groups who request them or where a need for them has been identified. They are facilitated by specialized professionals with audiovisual and material support. All services are offered at discounted prices and rely upon external financing, cash and in-kind donations from Ecuadorian business and commercial companies.