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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.
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.
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
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
Duff Gillespie, director of Advance Family Planning (AFP), reflects on the U.S. reemergence in family planning, prospects for the Dakar conference and the particular challenges in West Africa and other topics in an interview with Brian W. Simpson, editor of Johns Hopkins Public Health magazine.
Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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


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