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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.

December 2, 2014
On 30 October 2014, the 57th National Council on Health in Nigeria approved the “Task Shifting and Sharing Policy for Essential Health Services.”
Source: Elia Grace courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
Related: Nigeria
Members of the Lombok Timur DWG discuss their advocacy activities for the upcoming year, using the AFP SMART approach. © 2014 Sarah Harlan, JHUCCP.
December 2, 2014
Originally posted on Knowledge for Health by Sarah V. Harlan, Senior Program Officer/Learning Director, JHU-CCP. Last month, the Advance Family Planning (AFP) Project and the Improving Contraceptive Method Mix (ICMM) Project in Indonesia co-hosted our first-ever knowledge-sharing meeting for district, provincial, and national level partners.
Source: Knowledge for Health (K4Health)
Related: Indonesia
November 3, 2014
On 3 November, 2014, Family Planning 2020 released its second progress report detailing achievements since the landmark 2012 London Summit on Family Planning. The report, Partnership in Progress, shows the initiative is making steady progress toward its goal of enabling an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s 69 poorest countries with access to voluntary family planning information, services and supplies by 2020.
Source: Family Planning 2020
October 29, 2014
African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning members in Zanzibar, Tanzania, have succeeded in advocating the Director of the Central Medical Stores to issue a directive for all family planning service providers at facilities in two districts—Unguja North and Pemba—to undergo re-training in the management of the Zanzibar Integrated Logistics Systems.
Source: Linh Vien Thai courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
September 26, 2014
By Hari Fitri Putjuk, Center for Communications Programs Indonesia Developing countries aiming to build strong family planning programs often look to Indonesia as a model — and with good reason.
Source: Photo by Dini Haryati, Yayasan Cipta Cara Padu Foundation
Related: Indonesia
September 26, 2014
By: Halima Shariff, Advance Family Planning Tanzania Director After the birth of their third child, Semeni and her husband Balisyega were anxious to secure contraceptives in Tanzania.
Source: Photo by Harshi Hettige, AFP
September 11, 2014
On August 9th, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health signed a collaboration memorandum with BKKBN (Indonesia’s National Population and Family Planning Board) to formalize its partnership and recognize a new collaboration for improving research, policies and practice in family planning and reproductive health. For Advance Family Planning, this collaboration marks an expansion of our advocacy approach through a new cost-sharing effort with BKKBN.
Source: Photo by Dini Haryi, Yayasan Cipta Cara Padu Foundation
Related: Indonesia
July 29, 2014
Uganda is holding its first national family planning conference this week, under the leadership of the Ministry of Health and UNFPA. The conference brings together family planning stakeholders to share progress on the country’s Family Planning 2020 commitment and chart a way forward with regard to future plans for the National Development Plan 2010/2011—2014/2015 and the Vision 2040 for Uganda.
Source: Photos courtesy of RHU and PPD ARO.
July 3, 2014
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, an African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning (AWLN) member from Zimbabwe, was appointed the African Union’s Goodwill Ambassador for Ending Child Marriage this month. A partner in the Advance Family Planning initiative, AWLN works to support the voices of African women leaders to influence decisions made on family planning and reproductive health policies and practices at local, national, regional and global levels
July 1, 2014
In April 2014, 80 experts in program and policy development and implementation met in Nairobi Kenya to focus on actions needed to increase access to the widest possible range of contraceptive methods in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Convened by Advance Family Planning with a national, regional and international planning committee, the meeting provided a platform for exchange of key technical resources, research findings, shared experiences, and the impediments and opportunities for large-scale uptake of proven interventions.
June 16, 2014
In January, the government of Zambia approved its first-ever budget line for reproductive health supplies, including contraceptives. The government allocated $9.3 million for fiscal year 2014 to supplies—a major achievement for Zambian reproductive health advocates. Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia (PPAZ) was a leading voice in making the case for the budget line, with the help of a $50,000 advocacy grant from the Opportunity Fund, a flexible source of funding for family planning advocacy managed by Population Action International for Advance Family Planning.
Source: Population Action International
May 14, 2014
The Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative will host a special panel, “Family Planning 2020 in Action: Advocates’ Experiences,” on Wednesday, May 21, part of a series of events recognizing the 15th anniversary of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. All are welcome to attend.
April 10, 2014
Opportunity Fund Awards More Than $100,000 to Expand Family Planning Advocacy in West Africa
Source: Population Action International
March 5, 2014
De nouvelles études de cas de l’initiative Advance Family Planning (AFP) présentent les efforts de plaidoyer derrière les 20 « gains rapides », ou avancées politiques, obtenues au cours de la première année de l’initiative en 2013. L’approche collaborative d’AFP, dirigée localement, cible des décideurs clés, formule des arguments spécifiques et forme des coalitions essentielles au changement politique.
March 4, 2014
Le gouvernement de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) a lancé il y a deux semaines à Kinshasa son Plan Stratégique National pour la Planification Familiale 2014-2020 —l’avancée la plus ambitieuse à ce jour vers la réalisation de son engagement FP2020 prononcé en novembre dernier.
February 27, 2014
The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo launched its National Strategic Plan for Family Planning 2014-2020 in Kinshasa two weeks ago — the most ambitious step to date in acting on its FP2020 commitment made in November.
February 24, 2014
New Advance Family Planning (AFP) case studies showcase the advocacy efforts behind five of the 20 "quick wins," or policy advancements, achieved in the last year. AFP's locally-led, collaborative approach focuses on the specific decisionmakers, arguments, and coalitions that are essential to policy change.
December 19, 2013
Équilibres & Populations (EquiPop) has been selected to coordinate Advance Family Planning's (AFP's) advocacy efforts in Burkina Faso. A non-profit organization with more than two decades’ experience in improving sexual and reproductive health for girls and women, EquiPop plays a leadership role in the country’s Technical Group for Reproductive Health and has strong relationships with the government and other key stakeholders.
November 10, 2013
The Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative launched a new advocacy resources toolkit today at a special side event at the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The AFP Advocacy Portfolio comprises guidance for advocates on how to design, implement, and capture the results of an evidence-based, locally-driven advocacy strategy.
October 24, 2013
Join the Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative at the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning, to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from November 12th through 15th. See a full schedule of AFP-affiliated conference events, presentations, and panel discussions below. Conference Events and Presentations Tuesday, November 12
September 27, 2013
The Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative will co-host a Family Planning Advocacy Knowledge Café on Tuesday, November 12th, prior to the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Ethiopia. The knowledge café is an interactive forum for advocates to share ideas and experiential knowledge through small group discussions. It also provides a platform to launch the AFP Advocacy Portfolio, a new advocacy resources toolkit. Family planning leaders, professionals, and researchers engaged in advocacy are invited to attend.
September 24, 2013
Indonesian government leaders will reaffirm their commitment to family planning at a special summit this week commemorating World Contraception Day, recognized annually on September 26th. Leaders will present a new government framework intended to increase access and quality of family planning services.
August 29, 2013
Advance Family Planning (AFP) is pleased to announce that we, along with our Senegalese consultative committee, have selected Réseau Siggil Jigéen (RSJ) as our collaborating partner in Senegal. RSJ is a consortium of organizations devoted to improving and reinforcing the status of Senegalese women in society.
August 20, 2013
Scaling up access to family planning services over the next decade to reach national and global goals will take the combined efforts of governments; donors; and family planning, human rights, and women’s health advocates. Voluntary Family Planning Programs that Respect, Protect, and Fulfill Human Rights: A Conceptual Framework presents a practical approach for realizing human rights as part of voluntary, high-quality family planning programming.
Source: Futures Group
June 26, 2013
At a high-level meeting held last month, Ethiopian policymakers agreed to establish the country’s first Parliamentary Network on Population and Development—a major step toward improving access to voluntary family planning for the nation’s underserved women and girls. The network will provide a mechanism for the policymakers to advocate for, legislate, and oversee investment in family planning at national and district levels.


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