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.

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.
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
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
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
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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