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November 6, 2017

In a startling move, the Government of Uganda deferred the launch of the much-anticipated and vital 2017 National Guidelines and Service Standards for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

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October 30, 2017

As of September 2017, 92 local governments in the Barisal and Pirojpur districts of Bangladesh allocated a total of 10.5 million taka (US $131,250) to improve family planning services at family welfare centers. These funds will enable the centers to improve the quality and range of family planning services offered, such as intrauterine device and implant insertion, menstrual regulation, and post-service follow-up.   

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October 24, 2017

The second Uganda National Conference on Family Planning in September ended with Advance Family Planning (AFP) focus districts winning the majority of the inaugural 2017 Family Planning Best Performers Awards.

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October 23, 2017

In July 2017, the Ugandan National Drug Authority (NDA) Board authorized the stocking of injectable contraceptives in private drug shops in 20 select districts.

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October 10, 2017

In June 2017, the two rural districts of Barisal and Pirojpur in Bangladesh each formed an advocacy working group to improve the quality of family planning services in these hard-to-reach areas—each geographically isolated and encompassing upwards of 1.1 million people. In a few short months, the working groups have reinvigorated essential discussions, including budget allocations for family planning.

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October 9, 2017

On September 15, 2017, Tanzania’s Katavi Region announced a new Regional Action Plan to reduce teenage pregnancy. Katavi has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the country, with 45% of teenage girls aged 15-19 becoming pregnant. The Plan aims to reduce the rate to 20% by 2020. The national rate is 27% [1].

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October 3, 2017

In July 2017, the Executive Governor of Plateau State released 5 million Naira (US $25,125) from the state budget for implementation of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) activities, fulfilling his statement of commitment from earlier this year.

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October 3, 2017

Advance Family Planning’s new, vibrant 2017 publication highlights the advocacy initiative’s family planning progress.

Each visually-appealing spread provides a broad sense of Advance Family Planning's (AFP’s) aims and achievements, along with select, specific anecdotes of in-country gains.

Since 2009, AFP has achieved more than 450 advocacy wins. Together, we have made it easier for women, men, and young people to access and use family planning information, services, and supplies.

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October 2, 2017

Advance Family Planning’s (AFP) new case study from Senegal illustrates the profound effect that SMART sub-national advocacy can have on achieving larger family planning goals.

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September 21, 2017

In October 2016, Tharaka Nithi county in Kenya initiated a tracking mechanism to capture data on community health volunteers’ provision of DMPA injectable contraceptives.

Advance Family Planning local partner Jhpiego Kenya advocated for its establishment so that local leaders could track uptake of the method.

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September 21, 2017

On June 19, 2017, India’s Maharashtra State Family Welfare Bureau approved the formation of the Pune district family planning working group following strong evidence-based advocacy. The working group will advocate for family planning progress in Pune, the country’s fourth most populous district, with a population of about 9.4 million people.[1]

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September 21, 2017

Three community health centers in the Jhansi district of Uttar Pradesh, India initiated “fixed day services” (FDS)—ensuring that quality female sterilization services are available on a designated day every week, all year long.

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Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Pippa Ranger, Innovation Advisor, DFID