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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.


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
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

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