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September 20, 2016
Advance Family Planning (AFP) is expanding its advocacy initiative to Bangladesh, partnering with Marie Stopes Bangladesh to lead efforts there. Bangladesh will be AFP’s tenth focus country since the initiative began in 2009, and its third in Southeast Asia. The expansion is part of AFP’s $19.5 million supplemental awards to broaden its efforts to new geographies in 2016.
September 6, 2015 -- originally posted on PAI
August 26, 2016
In June, Advance Family Planning (AFP) awarded grants to nine organizations across eight countries to participants of AFP’s "Fostering Locally-Driven Advocacy for Family Planning" workshop in January 2016. The grants, totaling $470,000, are managed by PAI through the Opportunity Fund.
On June 7, 2016 the Director of the Ministry of Health’s National Center of Gender Equality and Reproductive Health (NCGERH) in Mexico endorsed implementing a social monitoring model to improve youth access to contraception. The model, developed by Ampliando El Acceso advocacy partner MEXFAM MEXICO, will be piloted in the states of Oaxaca, Hidalgo and San Luis Potosi.
In June, Tanzania’s Parliament moved to endorse a special provision in the recently-passed Public Procurement Act (2016) that will fast-track life-saving health commodities, including contraceptives. Beginning this year, life-saving health commodities will receive priority throughout the procurement and distribution process. Family planning stakeholders advocated for the past two years for improvements to alleviate bottlenecks in the procurement process and help reduce contraceptive stock-outs in the country.
On December 14, 2015, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health shared positive results from a community-based distribution pilot study of the injectable contraceptive Sayana® Press in Kinshasa province. The enthusiasm generated by the results and dissemination event have spurred further action to expand methods and distribution areas.
On July 20, 2016, six Kenyan political leaders shared their commitment at the Advance Family Planning (AFP) Partners Meeting in Nairobi. The champions have helped to increase allocations and improve policy for family planning in the counties of Kitui, Kwale, Makueni, and Tharaka Nithi.
Originally published via PATH: Sayana Press Update - July 2016
“The body of research on contraceptive injectables and Sayana Press is growing—and the evidence is clear that this method is safe and effective.”
— Beth Fredrick, Advance Family Planning Executive Director
This month, 13 Indonesian district heads and mayors from districts and municipalities signed a joint commitment to revitalize, sustain, and support their local family planning program. The joint commitment illustrates the lasting support of local leaders that have implemented the Advance Family Planning (AFP) advocacy initiative and the Improving Contraceptive Method Mix (ICMM) project funded by USAID and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
On May 31, 2016, the Secretary of Health in the municipality of Rionegro, Colombia formally adopted technical recommendations to implement youth-friendly services in the Development and Health Plan (2016-2020). The inclusion of adolescents in Rionegro’s plan is crucial—programs will not be implemented if they are not laid out in the municipal development plan.
The technical recommendations are a result of collaboration between a multi-sectoral technical commision, the Secretary of Health, and local Ampliando El Acceso advocacy partner PROFAMILIA COLOMBIA.
In April 2016, the Executive arm of Makueni County Government allocated US $200,000 to its 2016/17 budget. This is the first time the county is allocating a specific budget for family planning. Advocacy efforts led by the County First Lady and Advance Family Planning local partner Jhpiego Kenya resulted in this great milestone. Prior to the allocation, family planning programs in Makueni County were supported mainly by non-governmental organizations.
Kwara state in Nigeria increased its family planning budget by 90%, from US$ 10,500 (2.1 million Naira) in 2015 to US$ 20,000 (4 million Naira) in 2016. The Kwara State House of Assembly approved the budget on April 7, 2016.