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Smallpox is eradicated; polio nearly so. Can other global health initiatives find the same success? A newly published journal article by Advance Family Planning (AFP), “Connecting Global Goals to Local Priorities” explores the challenge of achieving broad international goals within local government plans—and how advocacy is integral to spurring action.
Family planning is one of the most cost-effective interventions to improve women’s health and wellbeing, reduce unintended pregnancies and prevent maternal, infant, and child mortality. Investments in family planning therefore have incredible potential to impact a country’s development trajectory.
In September 2016, the Minister of Health of the Dominican Republic (DR) presented the Protocolo de Atención para Manejo de Consejería y Asesoría en Anticoncepción para Adolescentes (Contraceptive Counseling Care Protocol for Youth) to the National Health Service, the media, and civil society. The protocol will ensure health care providers in all public and private health facilities in the country deliver quality and confidential sexual and reproductive health care for young people.
In September 2016, Ambuja Cement Limited, a leading cement producing company in India, incorporated family planning for the first time into its corporate social responsibility program—the Ambuja Cement Foundation (ACF). This is the first advocacy win for AFP local partner Pathfinder International India.
This year, all 52 Urban Primary Health Centers serving the 3.1 million people in Lucknow district, Uttar Pradesh, India began offering intra-uterine contraceptive device (IUCD) insertion services. Between January and September 2016, 2,836 women received IUCD insertions.
Jharkhand state in India has founded its first state- and district-level advocacy working groups for family planning. The three groups have been formally established and endorsed by the state government.
In September, the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) partnership’s Rapid Response Mechanism awarded US $75,000 to Advance Family Planning local partner Yayasan Cipta Cara Padu Indonesia (YCCP). The award will support YCCP in engaging local leaders to implement the government’s “Kampung KB” program.
Radio Kaya and Radio Ranet in Kwale county, Kenya, have committed to run weekly segments on family planning as a contribution to improving the lives of the people of Kwale. As of October, segments have begun airing, triggering stories across multiple platforms.
Radio Ranet’s station manager, Mr. Hamisi Mwachai, committed to assigning a specific reporter to cover family planning-related issues and have the stories aired during prime time for the next three months.
On October 6, 2016, the Council of Ministers of the government of Mauritania approved the text of a new Reproductive Health (RH) Bill submitted by the Minister of Health. This approval is a huge victory for advocates in Mauritania led by STOP SIDA, a recipient of financial and technical assistance from the Opportunity Fund.
Six districts in Bihar state, India have established district advocacy working groups. The groups—formed for the first time in Araria, Gopalganj, Jehanabad, Kishanganj, Sheohar and Siwan districts—are now initiating strategic advocacy efforts to improve access to quality family planning services in their communities.
In April 2016, the House of Assembly in Plateau State, Nigeria approved a US $25,125 (5 million Naira) budget allocation for reproductive health and family planning implementation in the 2016 state health budget. This is the first time the state has allocated for family planning separately, in addition to the reproductive health budget. The state has also, for the first time, outlined the specific family planning activities this budget line will support.