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.


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.
Advance Family Planning case studies
December 15, 2015
Advance Family Planning’s (AFP’s) five new case studies illustrate the advocacy efforts leading to “quick wins” (discrete policy or funding advancements) achieved in the last year.
Source: AFP
November 23, 2015
The Unguja North A region of Zanzibar in Tanzania has allocated an amount of Tanzanian shillings 7,038,935 (US $3,260) out of the region's basket fund for health.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation
November 23, 2015
The TCU committed to a nationwide policy change to mandate sexual and reproductive health service provision in all 52 of Tanzania’s higher learning institutions.
Source: Photo courtesy of Tanzania Commission for Universities.
AFP releases "Advocacy Wins 2009-2015" booklet
November 19, 2015
Advance Family Planning’s (AFP's) newly released booklet, Advocacy Wins 2009-2015, summarizes the initiative’s more than 140 advocacy wins since 2009. The partnership focuses advocacy efforts on the discrete policy and funding decisions critical to advancing family planning in a given setting. Once achieved, these incremental changes – termed “advocacy wins” – demonstrate progress and accelerate momentum toward long-term goals. 
Source: Advance Family Planning
The newly launched AFP SMART Facilitator’s Guide
November 19, 2015
The Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative launched the AFP SMART Facilitator’s Guide, a new addition to its advocacy resources toolkit. A companion piece to AFP SMART: A Guide to Quick Wins, the new guide contains special tips and recommendations for how to successfully facilitate the AFP SMART process.
Source: Advance Family Planning
November 8, 2015
The 2015 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Nusa Dua, Indonesia will be postponed due to a volcanic eruption on the neighboring island of Lombok, organizers announced on Thursday.
Source: 2015 International Conference on Family Planning
Uttar Pradesh National Health Mission in India adds 1,500 new male health cadres to the family planning workforce as counselors for non-scalpel vasectomy
October 23, 2015
The Mission Director - National Health Mission Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Amit Kumar Ghosh, issued a directive to expand the roles of 1,500 male health officers in all 75 districts to include counseling for non-scalpel vasectomy. Block Community Program Managers and Health Education and Information Officers will conduct community meetings to dispel the myths and misconceptions related to non-scalpel vasectomy (NSV), prepare monthly plans for Information Education and Communication/Behavior Change Communication, and create a conducive environment for NSV. 
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Aleja Laiton
Opening doors in Golf Sud, Senegal
October 23, 2015
Mrs. Aissatou Sow Diawara, Mayor of Golf Sud commune in Senegal, allocated an annual amount of 2 million FCFA (approximately US $3,400) towards family planning for the four health posts in her purview. This unique yearly allocation indicates the Mayor’s commitment to family planning and her understanding that sustainable funding can play a significant role in community development.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Antonio Muñoz De Mesa
DRC’s North Kivu Ministry of Health launches the national family planning working group model at the provincial level
October 23, 2015
On June 12, 2015, the Ministry of Health of North Kivu province officially 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.
Source: Photo courtesy of Arsene Binanga
Invitation to High-level Auxiliary Event with DRC Government Leaders at ICFP - download the invitation below
October 23, 2015
The Technical Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and other high-level government officials will attend the upcoming International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Nusa Dua, Indonesia. At an on-site auxiliary event on Tuesday, November 26th, the Technical Advisor and Ministers of Health, Education, and Plan will showcase The DRC’s Emergence and Family Planning Leadership through 2030.
We're attending the International Conference on Family Planning 2015
October 13, 2015
Join the Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative at the 2015 International Conference on Family Planning in Nusa Dua, Indonesia from November 9–12, 2015. See a full schedule of AFP-affiliated conference events, presentations, and panel discussions.
September 30, 2015
Advance Family Planning recently lost two key champions and members of our family: Dr. Fatimah Tumsah and Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf
President Kikwete introduces the Sharpened One Plan, indicating high-level commitment to family planning in Tanzania.
September 29, 2015
The Government of Tanzania’s spending on family planning from its own sources surpassed the expected budget allocation this fiscal year
Source: Photo by Muhiddin Issa Michuzi
On August 24, 2015, the Nyeri County Reproductive Health and Family Planning Strategy 2015-2025 was launched.
September 28, 2015
On August 24, 2015, the County of Nyeri launched the Nyeri County Reproductive Health and Family Planning Strategy 2015-2025. The costed strategy lays out the county's priorities and will be used as an advocacy and resource mobilization tool for implementation.
Source: Photo by Joan Koomson, African Women's Development Fund
Quality family planning services are available to women in Jehanabad district, Bihar
September 28, 2015
The Jehanabad population now has ready access to quality female sterilization services every Thursday throughout the year, in addition to the spacing methods regularly offered at health centers.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by UN Women/Gaganjit Singh

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