In 1985, a group of five women, concerned about the incidence of teen pregnancy and the overall quality of family life in Dangriga came together to explore ways to improve Belizean family life-and BFLA was born. Their primary concerns dealt with young women and child spacing as they recognized In two short months, BFLA joined the Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation (CFPA) and began expanding its services. Seven years later, in 1992, Belize Family Life Association joined the International Planned Parenthood Federation/ Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR).
that many persons were starting large families before they were capable of supporting them. Soon thereafter, BFLA was recognized as a registered, not-for-profit agency. Over the years, BFLA expanded from a single center in Dangriga to a multi-site national organization with its headquarters in Belize City.
There are now eight clinics throughout the nation, as well as mobile clinics and field health workers who diligently provide services in outlying areas of the country. In 2001, BFLA signed a contract as a Primary Care Provider (PCP)—National Health Insurance (NHI) and now offers comprehensive primary health care services through its south-side clinic. Today, it is the only organization offering comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services nationwide and does so regardless of race, colour, creed, religion, sexual orientation and age.
In 2008 BFLA was accredited as a full member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) after satisfying all sixty-five accreditation criteria.
The Belize Family Life Association (BFLA) will continue to be the leading provider of sexual and reproductive health services in Belize in order to contribute to the development of a healthy and productive nation where every Belizean’s sexual and reproductive rights are free from prejudice and discrimination and where individual choice is respected and where services are culture, age and gender sensitive.
The Belize Family Life Association (BFLA) is the country’s leading non-profit provider of comprehensive and high quality sexual and reproductive health services. These critically important and accessible packages including personalized client education and modern
clinical services are delivered by committed and qualified health professionals in caring environments and supported by strong advocacy and strategic research initiatives. BFLA is committed to continually providing these services to all Belizeans in order to contribute to a healthy and productive nation.