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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.


December 31, 2010
Baby no. seven billion came into the world this week; experts forecast the global population will hit eight billion by 2025. The best way to manage this explosive and unsustainable growth is to support voluntary family planning - the ability of women to time and space their pregnancies. It is a proven way to give women more choice in childbearing, and it inevitably leads to lower fertility rates.
Source: The Globe and Mail
December 31, 2010
Senegalese families are spacing their children, having fewer, and as a result are increasingly searching for long-term family planning solutions, said midwife Fatou Seck. While in 1990 the average woman in Senegal had 6.7 children in her reproductive cycle, in 2009 they had 4.8, according to the Health Ministry.
Source: IRIN - humanitarian news and analysis
December 31, 2010
President Yoweri Museveni has said the government will give priority to the health of women and children."Our government will continue to treat the health of women and children as a development issue.
Source: New Vision
December 31, 2010
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced funding for 28 new maternal and child health projects as part of the G8 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Initiative that was announced during last year's G8 Summit in Muskoka. The 28 projects will share $82 million in funding between now and 2016. As of September 2011, the Government of Canada has allocated almost $740 million in Muskoka Initiative funding for 51 projects in 26 countries in Africa, the Americas and Asia.
Source: Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD)
December 31, 2010
CONRAD, a leading reproductive health research organization, announced results of the SILCS Diaphragm contraceptive effectiveness study September 17th at the Reproductive Health 2011 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two-year study of 450 U.S. women implemented at six clinical sites in the U.S. showed that effectiveness rates of the new single size, contoured diaphragm are similar to traditional diaphragms. In addition, SILCS was shown to be easy to use and comfortable to wear.
Source: CONRAD
December 31, 2010
Letter to the editor by Dr. Duff Gillespie, director of Advance Family Planning, responding to an editorial A list to save the lives of mothers and children
Source: The Lancet
December 31, 2010
Visitors walking through the thatched houses of Bweremana, a village on the shore of Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are shadowed by a large, happy rabble of young children. There are, however, few middle-aged women in evidence - perhaps not surprising in a country where a woman's average life expectancy is 49.
Source: The Washington Post
December 31, 2010
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced support for new health initiatives to help save the lives of mothers and children in Africa and Asia as part of the Canadian-led Muskoka Initiative launched at the G-8 Summit in June 2010. Targeting the leading causes of mortality in mothers and children in countries such as Sudan, Tanzania, Nigeria, Mali and Afghanistan, the new initiatives will support comprehensive and integrated approaches to provide the necessary health services for mothers and children.
Source: Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper
December 31, 2010
When it comes to population growth, the United Nations has three primary projections. The medium projection, the one most commonly used, has world population reaching 9.2 billion by 2050. The high one reaches 10.5 billion. The low projection, which assumes that the world will quickly move below replacement-level fertility, has population peaking at 8 billion in 2042 and then declining. If the goal is to eradicate poverty, hunger, and illiteracy, then we have little choice but to strive for the lower projection.
Source: Guardian Development Network
December 31, 2010
The population of the world, long expected to stabilize just above 9 billion in the middle of the century, will instead keep growing and may hit 10.1 billion by the year 2100, the United Nations projected in a report released Tuesday. Growth in Africa remains so high that the population there could more than triple in this century, rising from today's one billion to 3.6 billion, the report said - a sobering forecast for a continent already struggling to provide food and water for its people.
Source: New York Times
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
December 31, 2010
Tewodros Melesse has come a long way from his humble beginnings in an Ethiopian village. Today, he is the Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the world's largest non-governmental organization (NGO) that focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights in 173 countries worldwide. Melesse now wants to develop IPPF's national member associations as centers of excellence and enable civil society to thrive in areas where governments cannot go, delivering services to the marginalized.
Source: The Lance
December 31, 2009
The World Bank's $130m (about sh260b) loan for improvement of health infrastructure was given on the condition that Uganda prioritizes maternal health, with at least $30m (sh60m) of the loan to go to maternal and reproductive health.
Source: New Vision
December 31, 2009
An increase of 32.5 million people over the last 10 years could indicate a population boom, says an expert, on the heels of a presidential announcement of the preliminary results of the nation's latest census.
Source: The Jakarta Post
December 31, 2009
A woman needing help would do better in India than in Baltimore.
Source: The Baltimore Sun
December 31, 2009
Despite scoring some notable successes, funding shortfalls and a sapping of political will are stymying progress towards attaining the health MDGs in Africa.
Source: The Lancet Volume 376, Issue 9745
December 31, 2009
Family planning has long been a missing - and underfunded - link in the effort to overcome global poverty. Half a century after the pill, it's time to make it a priority and treat it as a basic human right for men and women alike around the world. Personal Author: Kristof, Nicholas D.
Source: The New York Times
December 31, 2009
Making maternal health a priority in order to reduce maternal mortality.
Source: Melinda Gates
December 31, 2009
To modernize, Uganda must start aggressively promoting and funding family planning services.
Source: The Observer

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