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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.


Melinda Gates: Access to Contraceptives Empowers Women
February 13, 2017
Originally posted on National Geographic on February 3, 2017. In a recent op-ed, Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation shared why she advocates for over 225 million women around the globe who still lack access to modern contraceptives. Read an excerpt from "Want to Empower Women Worldwide? Give Them Access to Contraceptives" below:
Source: Photo courtesy of courtesy Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
 A Letter to our Colleagues Re: the Mexico City Policy
February 13, 2017
Dear Colleagues, I write today to inform you of how the Mexico City Policy, reinstated by President Trump last Monday, will impact the activities of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute and our partners worldwide.
Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health
Mexican Ministries of Health Approve Use of Social Monitoring in State Health Centers
January 24, 2017
In August 2016, Ministry of Health authorities from Hidalgo, Oaxaca, and San Luis Potosí states approved the use of social monitoring in 13 health centers. Mexfam, the Ampliando el Acceso local partner in Mexico, received permission to implement their social monitoring work plan in these health centers as a result of their advocacy.
Source: Photo courtesy of Mexfam
Jharkhand state in India releases $83,800 to procure surgical instruments for quality care
January 24, 2017
The Jharkhand state government in India has released 5.5 million rupees ($83,800) to procure instruments necessary for the provision of quality family planning services. In July the government issued directives to all 24 districts to procure instruments for services including non-surgical vasectomy, intrauterine contraceptive device insertion, and mini-laparotomy (a common form of tubal ligation.) 
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by BzSm8GH3md7y7hXYGrqP BzSm8GH3md7y7hXYGrqP
Related: India, Jhpiego India
Makueni County in Kenya launches family planning costed strategic plan
January 24, 2017
Makueni County Government is starting the year with a newly launched family planning costed implementation plan (2016-2020) in place.
Source: Photo courtesy of Jhpiego Kenya
Related: Kenya, Jhpiego Kenya
Community-level Advocacy Effective in Improving Indonesia’s Family Planning Programs
December 15, 2016
Results from a three-year operations research project show increased funding and use of long-acting contraception following evidence-based advocacy efforts.
Source: Photo courtesy of Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
 New Article Examines Advocacy's Role  in Meeting Global Goals at the Local Level
December 15, 2016
Smallpox is eradicated; polio nearly so. Can other global health initiatives find the same success? A newly published journal article by Advance Family Planning (AFP), “Connecting Global Goals to Local Priorities” explores the challenge of achieving broad international goals within local government plans—and how advocacy is integral to spurring action.
Source: Photo courtesy of Global Health Governance journal.
New Advocacy Resources Showcase Family Planning Needs Among Tanzanian Youth
December 7, 2016
Population Reference Bureau (PRB) collaborated with Advance Family Planning Tanzania to develop a package of advocacy materials highlighting the latest preliminary 2015-16 Demographic and Health Survey results on adolescent pregnancy and youth family planning.
Source: Population Reference Bureau
Related: Tanzania
New Brief Highlights the State Family Planning and Reproductive Health in Zambia
December 2, 2016
Family planning is one of the most cost-effective interventions to improve women’s health and wellbeing, reduce unintended pregnancies and prevent maternal, infant, and child mortality. Investments in family planning therefore have incredible potential to impact a country’s development trajectory. 
Source: AFP, PAI
The Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Health Presents New Protocol for Youth-Friendly Services
December 2, 2016
In September 2016, the Minister of Health of the Dominican Republic (DR) presented the Protocolo de Atención para Manejo de Consejería y Asesoría en Anticoncepción para Adolescentes (Contraceptive Counseling Care Protocol for Youth) to the National Health Service, the media, and civil society. The protocol will ensure health care providers in all public and private health facilities in the country deliver quality and confidential sexual and reproductive health care for young people.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs United States Department of State
Leading company in India, Ambuja Cement, adds family planning to its corporate social responsibility program
December 2, 2016
In September 2016, a leading cement producing company in India, incorporated family planning for the first time into its corporate social responsibility program.
Source: Photo courtesy of Ambuja Cement
FP2020 Awards $75,000 to Yayasan Cipta Cara Padu to Advance Village-level Family Planning Advocacy
October 26, 2016
In September, the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) partnership’s Rapid Response Mechanism awarded US $75,000 to Advance Family Planning local partner Yayasan Cipta Cara Padu Indonesia (YCCP). The award will support YCCP in engaging local leaders to implement the government’s “Kampung KB” program.  
Source: Photo courtesy of AFP, Sarah Whitmarsh
Kwale County radio stations in Kenya commit to weekly segments on family planning
October 25, 2016
Radio Kaya and Radio Ranet in Kwale county, Kenya, have committed to run weekly segments on family planning as a contribution to improving the lives of the people of Kwale. As of October, segments have begun airing, triggering stories across multiple platforms. Radio Ranet’s station manager, Mr. Hamisi Mwachai, committed to assigning a specific reporter to cover family planning-related issues and have the stories aired during prime time for the next three months. 
Source: Photo courtesy of Kenya NTV PressPass
Related: Jhpiego Kenya, Kenya
Mauritania’s Council of Ministers Approves new Reproductive Health Bill
October 25, 2016
On October 6, 2016, the Council of Ministers of the government of Mauritania approved the text of a new Reproductive Health (RH) Bill submitted by the Minister of Health. This approval is a huge victory for advocates in Mauritania led by STOP SIDA, a recipient of financial and technical assistance from the Opportunity Fund. 
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by GovernmentZA
September 28, 2016
Six districts in Bihar state, India have established district advocacy working groups. The groups—formed for the first time in Araria, Gopalganj, Jehanabad, Kishanganj, Sheohar and Siwan districts—are now initiating strategic advocacy efforts to improve access to quality family planning services in their communities. 
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by DFID
Nigeria's Plateau State Allocates $25,125 for Family Planning & Reproductive Health
September 28, 2016
Nigeria approved a US $25,125 (5 million Naira) budget allocation for reproductive health and family planning implementation in the 2016 Plateau State health budget.
AFP Expands to Bangladesh, Announces New Partnership with Marie Stopes
September 19, 2016
Bangladesh will be AFP’s tenth focus country since the initiative began in 2009.
Source: Photo courtesy of Marie Stopes Bangladesh
PAI Launches New Advocacy Partnership to Strengthen Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Malawi and Zambia
September 7, 2016
September 6, 2015 -- originally posted on PAI
Source: Photo courtesy of PAI
Related: PAI
AFP Awards Nine Locally-Driven Advocacy Grants
August 29, 2016
In June, AFP awarded grants to nine organizations across eight countries to participants of AFP’s "Fostering Locally-Driven Advocacy for Family Planning" workshop.
Source: Photo courtesy of AFP
Mexico’s Ministry of Health Authorizes Social Monitoring Pilot to Evaluate Youth Services
August 23, 2016
On June 7, 2016 the Director of the Ministry of Health’s National Center of Gender Equality and Reproductive Health (NCGERH) in Mexico endorsed implementing a social monitoring model to improve youth access to contraception. The model, developed by Ampliando El Acceso advocacy partner MEXFAM MEXICO, will be piloted in the states of Oaxaca, Hidalgo and San Luis Potosi.
Source: Photo courtesy of Secretaria de Salud, Mexico
August 23, 2016
In June, Tanzania’s Parliament moved to endorse a special provision in the recently-passed Public Procurement Act (2016) that will fast-track life-saving health commodities, including contraceptives. Beginning this year, life-saving health commodities will receive priority throughout the procurement and distribution process.  Family planning stakeholders advocated for the past two years for improvements to alleviate bottlenecks in the procurement process and help reduce contraceptive stock-outs in the country.
Students take part in the Sayana Press pilot study in DRC
August 22, 2016
On December 14, 2015, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health shared positive results from a community-based distribution pilot study of the injectable contraceptive Sayana® Press in Kinshasa province. The enthusiasm generated by the results and dissemination event have spurred further action to expand methods and distribution areas. 
Source: Photo courtesy of Tulane University
Kenyan Governors & First Ladies Inspire Advocates at AFP’s Annual Partners Meeting
August 12, 2016
On July 20, 2016, six Kenyan political leaders shared their commitment at the Advance Family Planning Partners Meeting in Nairobi.
Source: Photo courtesy of AFP - Amunga Eshuchi
“The body of research on contraceptive injectables and Sayana Press is growing—and the evidence is clear that this method is safe and effective.” - Beth Fredrick, AFP
August 3, 2016
“The body of research on contraceptive injectables and Sayana Press is growing—and the evidence is clear that this method is safe and effective.” — Beth Fredrick, Advance Family Planning Executive Director
Source: Photo courtesy of PATH
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

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