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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.


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.
January 28, 2015
Today, we’re pulling back the curtain to give you a sense of the Opportunity Fund’s accomplishments and challenges (and a few surprises) during this past year.
Source: Population Action International
Related: PAI
December 18, 2014
UPDATE (January 5, 2015): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released the final synthesis report “The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.” Although it fails to refer to family planning, it does address sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. Paragraph 70 of the final report states:
Source: United Nations
Several workshops were organized between EquiPop and the MoH for the amendment and validation of the MOU.
December 15, 2014
On November 7, 2014, the Ministry of Health of Burkina Faso signed an important memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Advance Family Planning partner Equilibres & Population (EquiPop) authorizing a task-sharing pilot project for family planning services.
Source: EquiPop
Related: Burkina Faso
December 15, 2014
By: Harshi Hettige, AFP Advance Family Planning (AFP) has partnered with two organizations; Pathfinder Nigeria and Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN), to expand contraceptive method mix through evidence-based advocacy at the sub-national level.
Source: Flickr Creative Commons: USAID
The launch of the Uganda Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan, 2015–2020
December 9, 2014
On November 27, 2014 the Government of Uganda launched a costed implementation plan to scale up family planning programming and investments from 2015 to 2020.
Source: Reproductive Health Uganda
December 8, 2014
Budget advocacy is one of the most powerful tools civil society can use to hold governments accountable for commitments made around family planning and reproductive health. PAI sat with Dr. Moses Muwonge, budget expert and author of the 11-Step Budget Advocacy Guide to chat about the inspiration for the 11-step guide and his vision for what’s next. Dr. Muwonge is also co-chair of the Advocacy and Accountability Working Group of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition.
Source: Population Action International
Related: PAI
Communities to benefit from family planning in Burkina Faso
December 8, 2014
In Burkina Faso, in October 2014, sixteen mayors have committed to include family planning in their respective communal development plans. The plans are currently being developed and will be validated by the end of December 2014 and will cover a period of five years. Moreover, the Mayor of Kindi committed to allocating 250,000 FCFA ($487.00 USD) to contribute to the delivery of family planning services in the health centers in his commune (see attached documents in French and English).
Source: Flickr Creative Commons: Gates Foundation
Adding it Up 2014 report cover
December 4, 2014
A new report finds a staggering lack of basic sexual and reproductive health services in developing countries.

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