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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.

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.
June 11, 2013
A new study by the Guttmacher Institute finds that within the developing world, the poorest countries are lagging far behind higher-income developing countries in meeting the demand for modern contraception. Between 2003 and 2012, the total number of women wanting to avoid pregnancy and in need of contraception increased from 716 million to 867 million, with growth concentrated among women in the 69 poorest countries where modern method use was already very low. 
Source: Guttmacher Institute
June 10, 2013
The reproductive health community saw another dramatic development in the global effort to improve access to affordable contraception in the world’s poorest countries. On May 2, 2013, Merck MSD signed an agreement with public and private sector partners that will see the cost of IMPLANON® and its next generation implant, IMPLANON NXT®, drop by approximately 50 percent over the next six years. The reduction applies to all countries identified at the July 2012 London Family Planning Summit as having annual incomes per capita of US$2,500 or less. 
Source: Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition
May 23, 2013
The goal of the new £179 million ($271 million) 5-year healthcare program that was announced in late March is to tackle the underlying causes and effects of the conflict in the DRC. It will operate across 10% of the DRC and will rebuild clinics, train health workers, supply essential medicines and equipment, and improve water and sanitation. In supporting the delivery of a comprehensive package of basic health services, the program will improve women’s health by supplying contraception, providing emergency obstetric care and ensuring trained health workers are present at births.
Source: GOV.UK
May 10, 2013
The visionary and groundbreaking Programme of Action adopted by 179 governments at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994 placed the human rights of women, including their reproductive rights and health, at the center of population and sustainable development. Nearly twenty years later, the urgency and relevance of ensuring full implementation of the Cairo goals still stand. 
Source: Policy Recommendations for the ICPD Beyond 2014: Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights for All
May 3, 2013
Dr. Jotham Musinguzi, a strong advocate of reproductive health and family planning, was announced winner of the 2013 United Nations Population Award. Dr. Musinguzi is the Regional Director of Partners in Population and Development (PPD) Africa Regional Office (ARO) based in Kampala, Uganda.
March 14, 2013
The report of the United Nations' Secretary General responds to a request made at a session of the Commission on Population and Development.  It examines levels of donor and domestic expenditures for population activities in developing countries for 2011, and provides estimates for population expenditures in 2012 and projections for 2013. 
Source: United Nations - Commission on Population and Development
March 14, 2013
First Lady Christine Kaseba says there is urgent need to increase access to family planning services to improve maternal health and reduce the high levels of maternal mortality in the country. Dr Kaseba said increasing access to family planning will enable the country attain the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on reducing maternal mortality by 75 percent. She said this in Lusaka yesterday when she officially opened a dissemination workshop on Zambia's commitments made at the London family planning summit last year.
Source: ZedOnlineAds
January 2, 2013
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on maternal and child health are lagging far behind target. Although Africa has just 12% of the global population, it accounts for half of all maternal deaths and half the deaths of children under five.


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