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The Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative is increasing its advocacy efforts in India this year, expanding into a new state and pursuing national-level advocacy through the private sector. The India offices of Jhpiego and Pathfinder International will join as AFP’s local partners to support this expansion, which results from a recent supplement award.
May 25, 2016
This month the Tanzanian government launched an online National Family Planning Dashboard that provides data on service delivery and human resources. The district health commodity data will be pulled directly from DHIS-2 once a month, giving decision-makers evidence for improving reproductive health services.
Advance Family Planning is proud to have three partners nominated for the 120 Under 40 project, which recognizes the new generation of family planning leaders:
Each winner will receive $1,000, to be put toward their work in family planning. A select number of top 40 winners will be invited to a World Contraception Day event in the U.S.
This process will repeat twice more, in 2017 and 2019, so that a roster of 120 outstanding young leaders will be assembled by 2020—a significant year for the family planning community.
AFP is organizing an interactive panel entitled, "Advocacy: What Works for Government & Officials," at the 2016 Women Deliver conference on Tuesday, May 17 at 10:30 am in Room B4-3.
Discover perspectives and lessons on advocacy from those in the inner circle: government officials. Hear how effective leaders from Malawi, the Philippines, Uganda, and Australia act for women’s health and rights. Learn from them on moving the issue forward within challenging political environments, cultural contexts, and complex government systems.
Advance Family Planning (AFP) received a $750,000 grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to sustain 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.
In an agenda-setting policy statement to parliamentarians on February 5, 2016, Burkina Faso’s Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba recommended integrating sexual and reproductive health modules into curricula for students aged 10-24. A majority of the country’s 125 parliamentarians then voted to prioritize it on the Prime Minister’s agenda. More than four months in the making, this advocacy win represents a remarkable step forward in expanding access to family planning information for young people in Burkina Faso.
On March 2, 2016 the Kongo-Central province of the Democratic Republic of Congo established a Provincial Permanent Technical Multi-sectoral Committee on Family Planning (CTMPP). The committee is comprised of local government, civil society, and faith-based organization leaders. Kongo-Central is the fourth province in the country to establish a CTMPP. Following the lead of the National CTMP, each works to be a strong driver of family planning advocacy in their province.
In early March 2016, a high-level delegation from Nepal’s Ministry of Health family planning division and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) visited Indonesia. The tour aimed to showcase Indonesia’s successful advocacy and social and behavior change communication approaches, which could be relevant to the Nepali context.
On February 12, 2016, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Constitutional Court declared that reproductive health is fundamental to the principles of health. This critical decision will allow the National Assembly to review the proposed reproductive health law to ensure family planning access for all women in the DRC.
Update: View the latest version of Investing in Family Planning for Tanzania's Health and Development (October 2016), updated with data from the Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey 2015-16.
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.