Our Visit to South Africa

In May 2005 a delegation from Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey and Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area visited South Africa to learn about Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa-KwaZulu Natal's (PPASA-KZN) reproductive health care programs.  PPASA-KZN programs include: adolescent peer education, peer education for adult women, refugee services, HIV orphan households, community based life skills programs and a variety of school and community training partnerships.  These programs are often more “holistic” than their American counterparts and illustrate the fundamental connection between family planning and other basic survival issues in the developing world.  We were constantly impressed by the strong commitment to community education and to the innovative education programs currently provided. 




A women's wellness group discussing domestic violence.






The New Jersey Delegation visits a rural youth center in Isolabasha.





The New Jersey delegates meet with leaders from the Health Department, local government and the King (seated second from left).






Physicians and Nurse Clinicians at the Nelson Mandela Medical School listen to a lecture on Medical Abortion.






Family Planning Clinic in Durban





Rural KwaZulu Natal

Traditional Dancers