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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.
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.


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