News & Media

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.


January 1, 2013
Update: Download the summary guidance, "Task shifting to improve access to contraceptive methods."
December 14, 2012
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has received $28 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to continue and expand the Advance Family Planning advocacy initiative within the Bloomberg School’s Bill & Melinda Gates Institute on Population and Reproductive Health. Working with many partners over the next five years (2012-17), Advance Family Planning aims to improve access to and use of family planning services, information and supplies by increasing funds, decreasing policy barriers and increasing the importance of family planning at global, regional, national and sub-national levels. The initiative will focus on nine countries: India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Senegal, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.
November 27, 2012
On November 27th, 2012, the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation in Kenya issued a directive that trained Community Health Workers can now provide injectable contraceptives (DMPA) in under-served/hard to reach areas of Kenya.  This directive follows months of advocacy work by Jhpiego under AFP, as well as a MOH demonstration project (implemented by Jhpiego in Tharaka district, Easter Province), that showed that CHWs can safely and effectively provide this form of contraception.
September 17, 2012
Seeking to share lessons learned in family planning advocacy, from September 25-28, 2012, Advance Family Planning will convene 140 advocates, health professionals, policymakers and donors for the meeting: Advocacy to Action: Calling for National Leadership in Family Planning to Fulfill the London Summit Commitments, The meeting will focus on the policies and government and donor leadership needed to provide women in the world’s poorest countries with access to contraceptive information, services and supplies.
September 17, 2012
As demonstrated by the commitments made at the July 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, developing countries, donors, international agencies, the private sector, and civil society are coming together to help the world's poorest women based on the knowledge that family planning saves lives, improves health, strengthens communities, and stimulates economic growth.
December 31, 2011
Between July and September 2011 AJAAT conducted an assessment of media outlets' interest in supporting family planning services in Tanzania. The assessment, among other things, explored the possibility of the private sector playing its role in the provision of social services as outlined in the Public Private Partnership Act 2010 and the implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility policies. The main objective of the assignment was to gather information from Media Houses on the status of coverage, capacity, interest/commitment and challenges of family planning issues by the media.
Source: Association of Journalists Against AIDS in Tanzania (AJAAT)
December 31, 2011
Reports that some MPs are petitioning the government to give due weight to family planning are very heartening. Rapid population growth is a matter of concern for two obvious reasons: economic sustainability on the one hand, and provision of decent living standards for everybody on the other.
Source: The Citizen
December 31, 2011
Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda has listed family planning - a means to check population growth - as among four critical issues which economic planners must consider in their duties. Mr. Pinda revealed this statement when the Parliament sat as a Planning Committee to review government proposals for the 2012/13 national development plan.
Source: The Citizen
December 31, 2011
Although Uganda has made significant progress in increasing the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR), 45% of Ugandan women still have an unmet need for family planning, meaning four in every 10 women in Uganda would like to stop or limit childbirth but they do not have access to contraceptives. The annual population growth rate has reached 3.4%, and Uganda has one of the highest total fertility rates in the world at 6.7 children.
Source: The Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health / Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
December 31, 2011
This guide provides a framework for partners to use in the buildup to the London Summit on Family Planning. The objective is to help us join forces to amplify our messages on social media. We are seeking partner's ideas and contributions to include in the timetable so that we can highlight your activity in the toolkits for each theme in the countdown to the summit. Please note: this is a suggested guide only and we understand partners will have their own planned social media strategies.
Source: DFID - the Department for International Development
December 31, 2011
After 20 years of neglect, family planning is back at the heart of the global development agenda. Thanks to the vision and courage of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to reposition this crucial issue, the July 11 Family Planning Summit in London is expected to raise pledges of approximately $4 billion to provide family planning services to 120 million women over the next eight years.
Source: Center for Global Development
December 31, 2011
When individuals across Kenya tune into their local community radio station this week, they'll find a new show on their dial. Jongo Love, a radio series set in urban Kenya, addresses love, relationships and family planning, and seeks to increase contraceptive prevalence rates among Kenya's youth. Each episode is followed by a phone-in discussion during which listeners, DJs and experts continue the conversation started during the show. Jongo Love also engages its listeners through interactive question and answer posts on Facebook and Twitter.
Source: Center for Communication Programs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHU-CCP)
December 31, 2011
Tanzania has a favorable policy environment for family planning. At the recent London Summit on Family Planning, the government made several commitments, one of which is to increase the contraceptive prevalence rate from 27% to 60% by 2015. Presently, the necessary funds and other resources needed to achieve this commitment are not in place. AFP Tanzania (AFP/TZ) will build on past collaborative advocacy activities to help the government of Tanzania realize its London commitments.
Source: Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health/AFP Tanzania
December 31, 2010
Dr. Frank Nyonator, Acting Director-General of Ghana Health Service, said to improve maternal health and attain the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Family Planning (FP) would remain a priority on the national development plan. He said though FP was not the panacea to the country's problems, there was compelling evidence of its importance in addressing MDGs 1,4,5,6 and 7, which address poverty, child health, maternal mortality and reproductive health, combating HIV and AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, as well as addressing environmental issues.
Source: Ghana News Agency
December 31, 2010
With women empowered to plan their pregnancies, the world's population will grow more slowly, as will carbon emissions.
Source: The Guardian UK - Poverty Matters Blog
December 31, 2010
Uganda will have a population of 94 million people in the next 40 years, according to the World Population Prospects by the United Nations. The country's leading web site, NewVision, says the time for the country to address its population growth is now.
Source: NewVision
December 31, 2010
Is India doing marvelously well, or is it failing terribly? Depending on whom you speak to, you could pick up either of those answers with some frequency. One story runs something like this: "After decades of mediocrity and stagnation under 'Nehruvian socialism', the Indian economy achieved a spectacular take-off during the last two decades. This take-off, which led to unprecedented improvements in income per head, was driven largely by market initiatives. It involves a significant increase in inequality, but this is a common phenomenon in periods of rapid growth.
Source: Outlook India.com
December 31, 2010
A new survey indicates Kenya is one of the countries with the highest proportion of unplanned pregnancies. The report, The State of Kenya Population, launched in Nairobi as the world hit the seven billion population mark, shows 1.8 million married women have unplanned births every year.
Source: The Standard
December 31, 2010
At a recent meeting with a delegation of Eastern Uganda Women Mobilizes at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhuura district, President Museveni told the delegation that government would work with their associations to promote safe motherhood and solve the problem of high maternal death rates in Uganda.
Source: Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office
December 31, 2010
Uganda has been ranked among high fertility" countries in the world which will contribute most to the bulge in population size in the next decades a United Nations report has revealed. The World Population Prospects shows that these high fertility countries will see rising population growth till the end of the century.
Source: AfriComNet, May 11
December 31, 2010
Weak government policies on population growth through family planning programs have accounted for the uncontrolled population growth in Indonesia since the reform era, which could lead to serious problems in other related areas of life.
Source: The Jakarta Post
December 31, 2010
The UN now predicts that the human population of the planet will most likely reach 10 billion people by the year 2050. The new projections offer an opportunity to move beyond the flawed framework of population control and towards global activism on behalf of women.
Source: The Atlantic Blog
December 31, 2010
Following a press conference in Tanzania on the FP funding issue, HDT and partners issued a press statement praising the government for its action to increase FP funding from its own funds. A similar letter was also sent to the Minister of Health & Social Welfare.
Source: The Coalition of Tanzanian Non-Governmental Organizations
December 31, 2010
On March 11, 2011, the Ugandan Ministry of Health announced new guidelines for providing women greater access to contraceptive injectables. This policy shift will increase access to injectable contraceptives through community-based distribution.
Source: fhi360
December 31, 2010
After a half-century of forming new states from former colonies and from the breakup of the Soviet Union, the international community is today faced with the opposite situation: the disintegration of states. The most systematic ongoing effort to analyze countries' vulnerability to failure is one undertaken by the Fund for Peace and published in each July/August issue ofForeign Policy. The research team analyzes 177 countries and ranks them according to "their vulnerability to violent internal conflict and societal deterioration," based on 12 social, economic, and political indicators.
Source: Earth Policy Institute

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