News & Media

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.


AFP Awards Nine Locally-Driven Advocacy Projects
August 29, 2016
August 26, 2016 In June, Advance Family Planning (AFP) awarded grants to nine advocacy projects across eight countries to participants of AFP’s "Fostering Locally-Driven Advocacy for Family Planning" workshop in January 2016. The grants, totaling $470,000, are managed by PAI through the Opportunity Fund.
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
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

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