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Advance Family Planning (AFP) tracks media coverage of significant family planning policy and program developments. Find links to news and opinion articles here, along with video commentary and interactive tools to convey the facts and realities of increasing access to quality contraceptive information, services and supplies.

Members of the Media: For more information about AFP or to schedule an interview, contact Beth Fredrick, Deputy Director, Advance Family Planning.

13 subnational leaders in Indonesia sign joint commitment in support of FP2020 Goal
June 27, 2016
This month, 13 Indonesian district heads and mayors from districts and municipalities signed a joint commitment to revitalize, sustain, and support their local family planning program. The joint commitment illustrates the lasting support of local leaders that have implemented the Advance Family Planning (AFP) advocacy initiative and the Improving Contraceptive Method Mix (ICMM) project funded by USAID and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Source: Photo courtesy of Yayasan Cipta Cara Padu
Rionegro Ministry of Health in Colombia Includes Youth Friendly Services in Development Plan
June 27, 2016
On May 31, 2016, the Secretary of Health in the municipality of Rionegro, Colombia formally adopted technical recommendations to implement youth-friendly services in the Development and Health Plan (2016-2020). The inclusion of adolescents in Rionegro’s plan is crucial—programs will not be implemented if they are not laid out in the municipal development plan. The technical recommendations are a result of collaboration between a multi-sectoral technical commision, the Secretary of Health, and local Ampliando El Acceso advocacy partner PROFAMILIA COLOMBIA.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by World Bank
His Excellency Prof. Kivutha Kibwana committed to have his government put resources for family planning.
June 27, 2016
In April 2016, the Executive arm of Makueni County Government allocated US $200,000 to its 2016/17 budget.
Source: Photo courtesy of Jhpiego Kenya
Related: Kenya, Jhpiego Kenya
May 31, 2016
Kwara state in Nigeria increased its family planning budget by 90%, from US$ 10,500 (2.1 million Naira) in 2015 to US$ 20,000 (4 million Naira) in 2016. The Kwara State House of Assembly approved the budget on April 7, 2016.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Mark Fischer
AFP Expands Efforts in India, Partners with Jhpiego and Pathfinder
May 26, 2016
AFP is increasing its advocacy efforts in India, expanding into a new state and pursuing national-level advocacy. The India offices of Jhpiego and Pathfinder International will join as AFP’s local partners.
Government of Tanzania launches online family planning database
May 25, 2016
May 25, 2016 This month the Tanzanian government launched an online National Family Planning Dashboard that provides data on service delivery and human resources. The district health commodity data will be pulled directly from DHIS-2 once a month, giving decision-makers evidence for improving reproductive health services.
Related: Tanzania
Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals through Postpartum Family Planning
May 10, 2016
As we begin the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era, we recognize that family planning is critical to poverty reduction.
Source: Photo courtesy of United Nations Foundation
Related: Jhpiego Kenya, Kenya
April 26, 2016
Advance Family Planning is proud to have three partners nominated for the 120 Under 40 project, which recognizes the new generation of family planning leaders.
April 26, 2016
AFP is organizing an interactive panel entitled, "Advocacy: What Works for Government & Officials," at the 2016 Women Deliver conference.
April 22, 2016
Advance Family Planning (AFP) received a $750,000 grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to sustain its advocacy initiative. The grant will strengthen AFP's advocacy efforts to make quality, voluntary family planning easier to access for women and girls around the world. 
Burkina Faso Parliament prioritizes integrating sexual and reproductive health education into student curricula
March 30, 2016
In an agenda-setting policy statement to parliamentarians on February 5, 2016, Burkina Faso’s Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba recommended integrating sexual and reproductive health modules into curricula for students aged 10-24. A majority of the country’s 125 parliamentarians then voted to prioritize it on the Prime Minister’s agenda. More than four months in the making, this advocacy win represents a remarkable step forward in expanding access to family planning information for young people in Burkina Faso.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by The Inter-Parliamentary Union
March 30, 2016
On March 2, 2016 the Kongo-Central province of the Democratic Republic of Congo established a Provincial Permanent Technical Multi-sectoral Committee on Family Planning (CTMPP). The committee is comprised of local government, civil society, and faith-based organization leaders. Kongo-Central is the fourth province in the country to establish a CTMPP. Following the lead of the National CTMP, each works to be a strong driver of family planning advocacy in their province.
Source: Photo courtesy of Tulane International
March 30, 2016
In early March 2016, a high-level delegation from Nepal’s Ministry of Health family planning division and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) visited Indonesia. The tour aimed to showcase Indonesia’s successful advocacy and social and behavior change communication approaches, which could be relevant to the Nepali context.
Source: Photo courtesy of Johns Hopkins Center of Communication Programs Indonesia
March 30, 2016
On February 12, 2016, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Constitutional Court declared that reproductive health is fundamental to the principles of health. This critical decision will allow the National Assembly to review the proposed reproductive health law to ensure family planning access for all women in the DRC.
March 30, 2016
A new brief entitled Investing in Family Planning for Tanzania’s Health and Development highlights the Government of Tanzania’s tremendous commitment to family planning and achievements in addressing the population’s family planning needs since 2012. It also recommends next steps for policymakers to intensify efforts towards attaining family planning goals.
Ampliando el Acceso partners meet at a workshop in New York
March 30, 2016
In January, Advance Family Planning and the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region jointly launched Ampliando El Acceso, or “Expanding Access.”
Source: Photo courtesy of IPPF/WHR
March 24, 2016
On June 18, 2015, organizations working in family planning in South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo established a Provincial Permanent Technical Multi-sectorial Committee (CTMPP) on Family Planning. The CTMPP is comprised of local government, civil society, and faith-based organization leaders. Following the lead of the National CTMP, it aims to be a strong driver of family planning advocacy in the province. Women in South Kivu have an average of 7.7 children and married women’s use of modern contraceptives is only 8% (DHS 2013-14).
Source: Photo by Tulane International
Kinshasa province in DRC establishes a Permanent Technical Multisectorial Committee on Family Planning
March 24, 2016
On October 30, 2015, under the high patronage of His Excellence the Governor of Kinshasa, the Provincial Minister of Health, Social Affairs and Humanitarian Actions officially established the Permanent Technical Multisectorial Committee (CTMP) for Family Planning in the City-Province of Kinshasa, the coordinating office of which is presided by ASF/PSI (Coordinator), and assisted by PATHFINDER (Deputy Coordinator).   
Source: Photo by Tulane International
Dr. Hanuni Sogora
March 23, 2016
Advance Family Planning is deeply saddened by the March 19 passing of Dr. Hanuni Sogora, a life-long advocate and friend of the AFP family.
Source: Photo courtesy of African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning
Related: Tanzania
Willard Cates, Jr.
March 21, 2016
Advance Family Planning mourns the loss of Willard (Ward) Cates Jr., a true champion of public health, since his passing on March 17. Ward was a pioneer researcher in the fields of women's reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.
Advance Family Planning team
March 9, 2016
Advance Family Planning (AFP) has received an $18 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to sustain and expand its advocacy initiative. The grant will strengthen AFP's advocacy efforts to make quality, voluntary family planning easier to access for women and girls around the world.
Source: Advance Family Planning
A workshop participant from Uganda meets an Indonesian district leader and family planning champion during a site visit.
February 26, 2016
Advance Family Planning took the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning’s theme of “Global Commitments, Local Actions” to heart by conducting a workshop for action-oriented advocacy.
DRC Ministers of Health, Education, and Plan at ICFP discussing, "The Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC's) emergence and family planning leadership through 2030"
January 26, 2016
"The DRC will never miss a conference on family planning. It is a priority for us," the DRC Minister of Health Dr. Félix Kabange declared.
January 24, 2016
For the first time, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) National Assembly voted unanimously in favor of a budget request for the “purchase of contraceptives” to be included in the Ministry of Health’s annual budget. The national commitment was approved during the September – December 2015 parliamentary session, resulting in an allocation of USD 3.5 million.
Source: Photo by Tulane International
We're attending the International Conference on Family Planning
January 12, 2016
See a schedule of AFP-affiliated conference events, presentations, and panel discussions below.


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