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August 17, 2017
On July 11th, the Spark Minda Foundation joined 15 other private sector partners in making Family Planning 2020 commitments at the 2017 London Summit. Spark Minda, a leading manufacturer of automobile components in India, allocated INR 1.1 million (US $17,190) per year until 2020 to sensitize 3,000 women and men in the rural areas of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh states about family planning, reproductive health, and menstrual hygiene by 2020.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Blue Smile
August 16, 2017
On July 1, 2017, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced that the government allocated US $2.5 million dollars for the purchase of contraceptives in fiscal year 2017. The allocation ensures the implementation of the National Strategic Plan for Family Planning (2014-2020), which aims to increase the 2013 modern contraceptive prevalence rate of 6.5% to 19% by 2020.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by United Nations
August 16, 2017
In May, Kenya’s Machakos county approved a first-time budget allocation of 20 million Kenyan Shillings for family planning in the 2017/2018 fiscal year. Neighboring Kajiado county quickly followed in Machakos county’s path.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by USAID
Related: Kenya
India’s Jindal Stainless Ltd. Adds Family Planning Counseling to Corporate Social Responsibility Program
August 16, 2017
Jindal Stainless Ltd., one of the largest stainless steel conglomerates in India, recently added a family planning intervention to their corporate social responsibility program. Jindal Stainless Foundation invested INR 819,500 (US $12,800) for a project aiming to reach 1,000 beneficiaries with better family planning information and counseling services.
Source: Photo courtesy of Jindal Stainless Ltd.
August 11, 2017
An AFP diffusion workshop on June 19-23rd in Uttarakhand, India was the first in a series to be held in different regions where AFP works.
Source: Photo courtesy of Jhpiego - India
Burkina Faso Appoints Her Excellency Anne Thieba as Ambassador for Family Planning
July 27, 2017
In a sign of Burkina Faso’s dedication to family planning, the Minister of Health appointed Anne Thieba, wife of Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba, as an ambassador.  Mrs. Thieba’s appointment comes as Burkina Faso finalizes its second family planning costed implementation plan aiming for a contraceptive prevalence rate of 32% by 2020. This significant show of political support will help the Ministry of Health and its partners intensify efforts.
Source: Photo courtesy of UN Foundation
Related: Burkina Faso
West Kalimantan, Indonesia Allocates $35,000 to Sustain Family Planning Advocacy Across 14 Districts
July 27, 2017
In June 2017, Indonesia’s provincial government of West Kalimantan allocated IDR 470 million of its own funds to scale up 14 family planning advocacy district working groups in 2018.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by CIFOR
Related: Indonesia
July 20, 2017
A new youth advocacy toolkit, Advocating for Change for Adolescents!, draws from the Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative’s own advocacy tool, AFP SMART: A Guide to Quick Wins, among others.
Source: Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
June 28, 2017
Rajasthan became the second state in India to provide injectable contraceptives (intramuscular DMPA) free of cost in 132 public health facilities on May 27, thanks to a public, private, and non-profit partnership.
Source: Photo courtesy of Pathfinder India
June 28, 2017
As of May, three more drugs are included on the essential drugs list for Rajasthan state in India, ensuring that they will be available at the primary health center level. These drugs are vital for new injectable contraceptive users. The addition to the list was achieved in time for the May 27, 2017 roll-out of injectable contraceptive services at Rajasthan’s primary health centers.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Draconian Rain
June 28, 2017
Two districts in India’s Rajasthan state established counseling corners in local public health facilities in April. The private, dedicated counseling spaces ensure that clients can make informed decisions regarding family planning.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Steve Evans
June 28, 2017
For the first time in Jharkhand state, two districts established family planning counseling corners at 13 community health centers. Established between January and March in Bokaro and Ranchi districts, the counseling corners are dedicated spaces for a skilled provider to provide quality family planning counseling to clients.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Community Eye Health
Related: India, Jhpiego India
June 28, 2017
Twenty Senegalese mayors committed to invest a total of 21.5 million FCFA (approximately US $37,700) for family planning for the women in their communities. 
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by International HIV/AIDS Alliance
June 28, 2017
On March 8, 2017 the Regional Development Council XI of Davao, Philipp
Source: Photo courtesy of AFP
June 28, 2017
The government of Burkina Faso’s new three-year costed implementation plan for family planning increased activities dedicated to adolescents and young people to 30% of all outlined activities—compared to the 14% of activities in the 2013-2015 plan. This significant increase means that Burkina Faso is aiming well beyond the target set by the Youth Think Tank of the Ouagadougou Partnership in 2017: for 15% of activities to focus on youth.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Steve Evans
Related: Burkina Faso
May 23, 2017
In February 2017, Spark Minda, one of India¹s leading manufacturers of automobile components, incorporated family planning into its corporate social responsibility program for the first time. As part of an agreement to improve awareness and generate demand for family planning, Spark Minda allocated 402,500 Indian rupees (US $6,015) for conducting sensitization workshops on family planning and reproductive health.
Related: Jhpiego India, India
May 23, 2017
On April 24, 2017 the Global Financing Facility Investors Group (GFF IG) approved the GFF Civil Society Engagement Strategy to meaningfully involve nongovernmental stakeholders across sub-national, national, and global levels.
May 23, 2017
On May 2, 2017, Tanzania's government showed strong support for maternal and child health by increasing the annual family planning budget by 180%­­ from Tshs. 5 billion in 2016/17 to Tshs. 14 billion in 2017/18.  
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by DFID
Related: Tanzania
May 23, 2017
Pathfinder International, in collaboration with Population Reference Bureau and Advance Family Planning, launched a new video this month to encourage national and multinational businesses in India to invest in family planning through th
Source: Photo courtesy of Population Reference Bureau
May 23, 2017
On April 28, 2017, the Nigerian Minister of Health released an updated training curriculum for Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) to include guidance on providing long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). The revision builds on Nigeria’s 2014 task-sharing policy that authorizes CHEWs to provide women with implants and intra-uterine devices, both LARC methods.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Direct Relief
Related: Nigeria
May 23, 2017
After three community health centers in in Agra district, Uttar Pradesh, India began providing postpartum intra-uterine contraceptive device (IUD) services, each of the facilities recorded a significant service uptake – 21% in Barauli Aheer, 15% in Bichpuri, and 10% in Kheragarh respectively.+ Between December 2015 to March 2017, a total of 5,939 women delivered at these facilities and, of those women, 895 chose an IUD as their postpartum family planning method.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Sarah Mirk
The DRC government releases $1 million for the purchase of contraceptives
May 15, 2017
In December, the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) made US $1 million available to UNFPA for the purchase of contraceptives.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by UNICEF Ethiopia
Machakos County in Kenya Launches Family Planning Program
May 15, 2017
Source: Photo courtesy of Machakos County Investments
Related: Kenya
Uganda Makes Strides in the Family Planning Reproductive Health Indicators
May 14, 2017
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by International Citizen Services
East African Legislative Assembly committee integrates civil society recommendations into new SRHR bill
April 5, 2017
The East African Legislative Assembly committee recently conducted public hearings on the East African Community Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Bill 2017 in its five member countries.
Source: Photo courtesy of East African Legislative Assembly

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