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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.


Globe
September 9, 2015
The Global Financing Facility was officially launched in July at the Addis Ababa 3rd Financing for Development Conference. As the four “front-runner” countries put the final touches on their country investment plans, a second wave of eight countries are in line to benefit from the GFF.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Victoria Pickering
Related: Kenya, Tanzania
AFP case study and Progress Report in French
August 27, 2015
Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer la publication du Rapport de progrès d’AFP et huit études de cas de plaidoyer en français.
Source: AFP
Enthusiastic youth in Kenya
August 27, 2015
Kitui County in Kenya allocated US $161,529 for family planning in its 2015/16 budget. This is the first time the county has included a specific budget line for family planning. Advance Family Planning (AFP) partner Jhpiego Kenya and Kyeni Foundation, an Opportunity Fund recipient, led the advocacy to allocate funding for family planning, working with the county’s family planning technical working group.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by USAID
An attendee reviews the PMA2020 Round 2 Indicator Brief at the dissemination event
August 22, 2015
Results from the Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) survey in Uganda show improvement in use of family planning services in the country over the last few years. The contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) increased from 30% in 2011 to 35% in 2015;  accompanied by a decline in the total fertility rate.
Source: Photo courtesy of Sarah Whitmarsh, AFP
Clinic in Tanzania
August 22, 2015
Advocacy led by local Advance Family Planning partner Health Promotion Tanzania (HDT) culminated in the Serengeti District and Tarime Town Councils allocating funding from their own sources for the first time and Musoma Rural District Council more than doubling their family planning allocation from the previous year.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by US Army Africa
August 22, 2015
In June 2015 Advance Family Planning (AFP) partner Yayasan Cipta Cara Padu (YCCP) expanded their program area to two more districts: Bengkayang (West Kalimantan province) and Kuningan (West Java province). YCCP conducted district assessments and coordinated advocacy meetings between the District Heads and the District Head of the National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) to introduce the AFP initiative. The expansion effort is led by Provincial BKKBN West Kalimantan in Bengkayang and Provincial BKKBN West Java in Kuningan. 
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by World Bank Photo Collection
August 22, 2015
In July, Family Planning 2020 awarded Advance Family Planning partner Yayasan Cipta Cara Padu Foundation a Rapid Response Mechanism grant to support the KB Kencana national family planning revitalization program in Indonesia.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by mshwaiko
Community in Togo
July 29, 2015
The Government of Togo passed a Community-Based Intervention National Policy on February 13, 2015 to integrate new maternal and child health high-impact approaches including the distribution of injectables at the community level.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Lama-bou
Related: PAI, Palladium
Senegalese woman in a rural community
July 21, 2015
On June 12, 2015 the Ministry of Health and Social Action authorized the first prescription of the pill by community health workers (relais communautaires) serving in 10 out of the 14 regions in Senegal.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by rbbaird
Advocates and Nebbi district leaders in Uganda
July 10, 2015
Advance Family Planning partners African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) and Reproductive Health Uganda's (RHU) strong advocacy resulted in an immediate allocation of 10,000,000 Ugandan shillings (approximately US $4,000).
Source: Photo by: Richard Mugenyi, Reproductive Health Uganda
Angela Mutunga, Advance Family Planning East Africa Regional Advisor
July 7, 2015
When I was 16 years old, my mother suffered a retained placenta that I manually removed when everyone had despaired and left her for dead.
Source: Photograph by Chau Pham-Sumner, Advance Family Planning
June 26, 2015
A new article in Global Health: Science and Practice describes the recent, high-level commitment to family planning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Source: Photo source: David Colwell, Johns Hopkins
Groups meet in India
June 24, 2015
Following advocacy from AFP partner Population Foundation of India, Mr. Rigzin Samphel, Additional Executive Director, SIFPSA, signed a letter on June 5, 2015, to establish district working groups for family planning in three districts of Uttar Pradesh: Agra, Jhansi, and Lucknow. The DWGs will advocate for family planning and provide technical support to districts in identifying gaps and solutions to improve local family planning indicators.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by WWViews India-Delhi
June 23, 2015
AAFP’s Mid-term Evaluation: Understanding, Expanding and Sustaining Advocacy Success is now available. Overall, the evaluation reflects how AFP has “facilitated impressive achievements and developed a popular and effective advocacy model” and offers recommendations.
Health workers at the ready in Burkina Faso
June 18, 2015
The Commune of Bobo Dioulasso adopted its first budget allocation for family planning services on March 10, 2015. The allocation of 1,000,000 FCFA (USD 2,000) will be included in Bobo Dioulasso’s Communal Development Plan 2014-2015.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Gates Foundation
June 18, 2015
The governments of Homa Bay County and Busia County in Kenya recently launched costed strategic plans for family planning, a momentous move in addressing local populations’ sexual and reproductive health needs.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Gates Foundation
Related: PAI, Kenya, Jhpiego Kenya
June 9, 2015
Surya Chandra Surapaty, MPH, PhD, has been appointed the new Chairman of the National Family Planning Coordinating Board in Indonesia. Previously, he was a Member of Parliament from the ruling party PDI-P (Indonesian Democratic Party). He also served as the Chair of Commission VII (Health) in Parliament.
Source: http://seputarnusantara.com/?p=4048
Related: Indonesia
June 9, 2015
The Government of Uganda signed a memorandum of understanding with the Uganda Health Marketing Group on January 30, 2015 to implement an alternative distribution strategy.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by US Army Africa
June 9, 2015
The rural commune of Kelbo in Burkina Faso included family planning funding and activities in its five-year Communal Development Plan (2015-2019) for the first time, as a result of Family Care International (FCI) Burkina Faso’s advocacy efforts supported by the Opportunity Fund.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Eric Montfort
June 2, 2015
Edith Mawia Malombe is the first lady of Kitui County. Home to over a million people, 60 percent of Kitui County residents live below the poverty line, and 40 percent of girls have given birth by the time they are 19 years old.
Source: PAI
Related: PAI, Kenya
AFP's New Progress Report
May 18, 2015
In a new progress report, Advance Family Planning showcases the impact that advocacy can have on family planning. AFP has achieved more than 100 advocacy wins with our partners and others committed to family planning.
Village Heads in Indonesia
April 28, 2015
Following village-level budget advocacy efforts led by district working groups, 364 additional villages in Indonesia took the initial step to allocate local funding for family planning. In Karanganyar district (162 villages), the Mayor signed an endorsement letter for Village Heads on January 27, 2015, to allocate for family planning, particularly long-acting permanent methods (LAPM).
Source: Luke Mackin courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
Related: Indonesia
The Republic of Uganda flag
April 28, 2015
H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda appointed two strong advocates for family planning and reproductive health.
Related: Uganda
Valerie DeFillipo at 2013 International Conference on Family Planning
April 22, 2015
AFP joins Family Planning 2020 and the entire family planning and reproductive health community in mourning the loss of Valerie DeFillipo. Valerie was FP2020’s founding director and a committed leader in advancing women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world for many decades.
Source: 2013 David Colwell, Johns Hopkins University
March 30, 2015
The Director of the Central Medical Stores directed a total of 66 staff at the Ministry of Health across all 10 districts to be re-trained in November 2014 as a result of AWLN members' advocacy.
Source: IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
Related: Tanzania

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