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In January, Advance Family Planning (AFP) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) jointly launched Ampliando El Acceso, or “Expanding Access.” The one-year, independently funded project seeks to expand contraceptive access for youth in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico by strengthening local advocacy efforts. The goal is to meet young people’s needs for contraceptive information, services, and supplies—much needed in the region.
On June 18, 2015, organizations working in family planning in South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo established a Provincial Permanent Technical Multi-sectorial Committee (CTMPP) on Family Planning. The CTMPP is comprised of local government, civil society, and faith-based organization leaders. Following the lead of the National CTMP, it aims to be a strong driver of family planning advocacy in the province. Women in South Kivu have an average of 7.7 children and married women’s use of modern contraceptives is only 8% (DHS 2013-14).
On October 30, 2015, under the high patronage of His Excellence the Governor of Kinshasa, the Provincial Minister of Health, Social Affairs and Humanitarian Actions officially established the Permanent Technical Multisectorial Committee (CTMP) for Family Planning in the City-Province of Kinshasa, the coordinating office of which is presided by ASF/PSI (Coordinator), and assisted by PATHFINDER (Deputy Coordinator).
March 23, 2016
Advance Family Planning (AFP) is deeply saddened by the March 19 passing of Dr. Hanuni Sogora, a life-long advocate and friend of the AFP family.
“Dr. Sogora was a true leader and generous champion for women and girls and the people of Zanzibar,” said AFP Executive Director Beth Fredrick. “She believed strongly that family planning was a right, not a privilege.”
Advance Family Planning mourns the loss of Willard (Ward) Cates Jr., a true champion of public health, since his passing on March 17. Ward was a pioneer researcher in the fields of women's reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.
“Aside from being a giant in our field, Ward was one of the nicest, most gracious people I have ever known,” said AFP Director Duff Gillespie.
Advance Family Planning (AFP) has received an $18 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to sustain and expand its advocacy initiative. The grant will strengthen AFP's advocacy efforts to make quality, voluntary family planning easier to access for women and girls around the world.
Advance Family Planning (AFP) took the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning’s theme of “Global Commitments, Local Actions” to heart by conducting a workshop for action-oriented advocacy entitled "Fostering Locally-Driven Advocacy for Family Planning." In the four days leading up to the conference, 22 family planning advocates from 14 countries learned about and applied AFP’s evidence-based, decision maker-centric advocacy approach to strengthen their local family planning efforts.
DRC Government Allocates USD $3.5 million for Contraceptives for 2016
For the first time, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) National Assembly voted unanimously in favor of a budget request for the “purchase of contraceptives” to be included in the Ministry of Health’s annual budget. The national commitment was approved during the September – December 2015 parliamentary session, resulting in an allocation of USD 3.5 million.
See a schedule of AFP-affiliated conference events, presentations, and panel discussions below.
Advance Family Planning’s (AFP’s) five new case studies illustrate the advocacy efforts leading to “quick wins” (discrete policy or funding advancements) achieved in the last year.