BACKGROUND


The Paraguayan Center for Population Studies (CEPEP) was founded on March 12, 1966, inspired by the First Panamerican Population Assembly, held in Cali, Colombia, in August, 1965. CEPEP’s founding act states that “CEPEP is constituted as a private entity aimed to the scientific study of the Paraguayan population and recognizes that the continental as well as the worldwide demographic development, with its fundamental social, economic, moral, and political implications, makes the elucidation of the fundamental characteristics of the Paraguayan population through methodic and scientific studies, imperative. Our organization, unique in its kind in the country, seeks to cooperate in the analysis of the national reality through data that can contribute to the construction of an efficient population policy and yet uphold the attention to the great and imperative social and economic reforms to be held. The fundamental objective is the improvement of the individual’s physical, economical and spiritual welfare as well as the elevation of its cultural level”. (Foundation act)

The organization chart was  approved by the National Executive Power through the Decree of May 29th, 1967, which implied the recognition of the institutions legal personality. CEPEP was accepted as a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in 1969 and was granted the status of permanent member in 1971.


MISSION

“To promote and defend integral health and sexual and reproductive rights of all population, with special care for those underserved and/or discriminated, in order to improve quality of life and raise awareness among decision makers through studies and recommending concrete actions and strategies based on previous experience and research, educating, training, and providing qualified services.


                                                          ORGANIZATION

CEPEP is based on the work of peer volunteers that elect their authorities through a General Assembly. Seven titular members and three deputy members are elected in the assembly, and serve within the Governing Board during two years. The Governing Board is CEPEP’s highest authority and is in charge of establishing all institutional policies, it controls and runs the institution, and it reports back to the General Assembly annually. The Executive Director and all other personnel of all offices and clinics are hired by CEPEP for the completion of specific tasks. The Governing Board constitutes CEPEP’s government. It is composed of volunteers elected in the General Assembly biannually. They do not receive any honoraria or other types of stipend for their work. The normal running of CEPEP is in charge of the personnel that are hired for this purpose and are not volunteers. The general management of CEPEP is in charge of the Executive Director currently held by Dr. Cynthia Prieto. The Board of Directors depends directly of the Executive Director and is in charge of: the Research and Population Department, the Health Program Department (of which all medical services depends), the IT Department, the Administrative and Financial Department, the Human Resources Department, the Communication and Resource Development Department, the Legal Advisory and the Secretary General.

 


                                                         MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS

All volunteers are of legal age, with well known moral and capacity that collaborate voluntarily in different tasks related to CEPEP’s mission. They do not receive any honoraria for their work or for their assistance to meetings of the Governing Board nor the different committees. The volunteers gather annually in the General Assembly.