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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
Child, who will be affected by the Global Strategy.
March 25, 2015
AFP submitted an organizational statement to the United Nations last week to prioritize family planning in the updated Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health.
Source: © 2014 Arturo Sanabria Courtesy of Photoshare
Eight new Advance Family Planning Case Studies
March 25, 2015
Advance Family Planning’s eight new case studies illustrate the advocacy efforts leading to “quick wins” achieved in the last year.
Source: AFP
March 19, 2015
Thursday, March 26 2015 In family planning advocacy, efforts targeted toward specific, critical policy and funding changes can build momentum for a broader long-term goal and keep advocates engaged and focused.
Source: Palladium
International Conference on Family Planning
February 27, 2015
Advance Family Planning will co-chair the first ever Advocacy and Accountability (A&A) subcommittee of the 2015 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP).
Source: David Colwell, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health
Government of Uttar Pradesh Begins Family Planning Program Review
February 25, 2015
Last month, Advance Family Planning partner Population Foundation of India organized and facilitated an orientation for program managers and directors of Uttar Pradesh’s 18 divisions on conducting a family planning program review.
Source: Population Foundation of India
February 20, 2015
The Accelerating Contraceptive Choice meeting in Abuja resulted in the development of actionable, evidence-based advocacy strategies for family planning to be implemented at subnational levels.
Source: Sabrina Karklins, AFP
February 13, 2015
Mayor Amadou Diarra signed a commitment letter on January 5 to invest US $18,305 of the 2015 budget to purchase family planning products for the two health posts in the North Pikine commune.
Source: Daniel Etya'ale via Flickr Creative Commons
DRC Government Releases Recommendations from the Third National Conference on Repositioning Family Planning
January 29, 2015
The recommended action-oriented objectives continue family planning progress made at the national level and, for the first time, lay groundwork for significantly strengthening efforts at the sub-national level.

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