Evidence & Briefs

Advance Family Planning uses evidence as a basis to advocate for better policies and increased funding for family planning. AFP assumes policy-makers will act on compelling evidence that is presented in an accessible way and by a credibly messenger. Messages are tailored to decision-makers and designed to change the way they choose to enact and implement policies and allocate resources. AFP builds upon the skills of local family planning champions to maintain a regular drumbeat of interaction and information to raise the profile and funding of family planning. Evidence, complemented by powerful stories illustrating the effect on people’s lives, is central to AFP’s approach.

AFP and its partners conduct landscape assessments to establish the status of family planning in countries where AFP operates. Landscape analyses for Tanzania, Uganda and Indonesia are available and will be updated in early 2013; for other countries, they will be available soon.

AFP and partners develop policy briefs that document the evidence needed to inform key decision makers and support ongoing advocacy efforts. These policy briefs are available for duplication and adaptation.

In 2011, AFP underwent a midterm evaluation to document whether AFP and its partners were effective at advocating for family planning. The results of the midterm were overwhelmingly positive, and can be found below.


Evidence & Briefs Files

Other Resources
Yearsort descending Title Source
1993

Quality of Care in Family Planning Programmes: A Rapid Assessment in Burkina Faso (Eng)

Health Policy and Planning
2007

Democratic Republic of the Congo Demographic and Health Survey 2007 (Eng/Fr)

The 2007 Democratic Republic of the Congo Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) is the first survey of its kind conducted in the DRC. The DHS is a...
MEASURE DHS
2008

Burkina Faso: Muslim Leaders Agree to Promote Family Planning (Eng)

On the eve of World Population Day, Muslim leaders agreed to promote family planning among their followers at a meeting of the country's principal...
Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)
2008

Donors and the Political Dimensions of Health Sector Reform: The Cases of Tanzania and Uganda

This paper begins by summarizing the evidence that proactive management of the political dimensions of reform is feasible and beneficial, making...
The Advisory Board for Irish Aid
2008

Burkina Faso: Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper / Annual Progress Report (Eng)

Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) are prepared by member countries in broad consultation with stakeholders and development partners,...
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Country Report No. 08/212
2009

Protocoles de Santé de la Reproduction, Burkina Faso (Fr)

Ces normes et protocoles de prestation de services sont basés sur lesconnaissances les plus récentes disponibles sur les méthodes de contraception...
Le Ministère de la Santé du Burkina Faso
2010

Report on the Achievement of Millennium Development Goals, Indonesia 2010

Indonesia’s commitment to achieving the MDGs indicates the nation’s commitment to improving the welfare of its people and also its commitment to...
Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), 2010
2010

HIV Infection and Contraceptive Need Among Female Ethiopian Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing Clients

Despite political endorsement of voluntary HIV counseling and testing (VCT) and family planning integration in Ethiopia, little is known about the...
AIDS Care
2010

Left Without a Choice: Barriers to Reproductive Health in Indonesia

Government restrictions and discriminatory traditions threaten the lives of many Indonesian woman and girls by putting reproductive health services...
Amnesty International, November
2011

Civic Education Initiates Immediate Change for Communities in Meru, Tanzania

Within the Healthy Action project, DSW Tanzania and several partners conducted civic education trainings in three villages of Meru district to...
Healthy Action
2011

Despite Illegality, Drug Shops in Uganda Provide Injectable Contraceptives

In Uganda, informal drug shops are common providers of the injectable contraceptive, depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), even though its sale...
Guttmacher Institute
2011

Integrating Family Planning and HIV Services: Programs in Ethiopia and Kenya Lead the Way

Programs in Kenya and Ethiopia are leading the way in integrating FP, HIV, and maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) services. To document how...
AIDSTAR-One, John Snow Inc.
2011

Civil Society Organizations Launch Report at Joint Review Mission Highlighting Key Priority Areas for Ministry of Health to Strengthen Health Systems and the Uganda National Minimum Healthcare Package

The objective of this report is to illustrate priorities and document perspectives from civil society organizations (CSOs) on the performance of the...
AGHA
2011

Task-Sharing between Community Health Workers and Community Mid-Level Professionals: Increasing Access to FP and RH Services

With the aim of improving access to family planning and reproductive health services in rural areas, the Council is conducting research to...
Population Council
2011

Achieving the MDGs. The Contribution of Family Planning - Burkina Faso (Eng)

USAID| Health Policy Project
2011

Scale-Up of Task-Shifting for Community-Based Provision of Implanon

The Integrated Family Health Program (IFHP) is a five-year USAID-funded program to promote an integrated model for strengthening maternal and child...
Pathfinder International
2011

Kenya Ministry of Health Project Supports Greater Access to Contraception

Results from a year-long pilot project (2009-2010) in a rural area of Tharaka District, Eastern Province, led by the Ministry of Health, found that...
FHI 360, 2011
2011

New Fact Sheets: Take Action to Improve Reproductive Health in Kenya

Civil society organizations partnering in the Healthy Action project have joined hands in an effort to ensure sexual and reproductive health gets...
Healthy Action
2011

Benefits of Meeting Women's Contraceptive Needs in Burkina Faso (Eng)

This In Brief aims to chart a course toward better health for Burkinabe women and their families by highlighting the health benefits and cost savings...
Guttmacher Institute, In Brief 2011 Series, No. 1
2011

Increased Family Planning Access Essential to MKUKUTA II

The Second National Strategy for Growth and Poverty Reduction/MKUKUTA II is a blueprint that demonstrates government commitment to accelerate broad-...
Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health
2011

Hope for Health in Nigeria

As the most populous country in Africa (one in four Africans live in Nigeria), providing universal health care is no easy task. But even allowing for...
The Lancet
2011

Demographic Dividend

This presentation was made by Professor Bambang Brodjonegoro from the Fiscal Policy Office at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia,...
Government Fiscal Policy, Indonesia
2011

Increasing Family Planning Access and Choice

This report looks at how family planning access and choice is being increased around the world through clinical outreach programmes, and details key...
Marie Stopes International, 2011
2011

Reproductive Health, and Child Health and Nutrition in India: Meeting the Challenge

India, with a population of more than 1 billion people, has many challenges in improving the health and nutrition of its citizens. Steady declines...
The Lancet
2011

Condom Use Before Marriage and Its Correlates: Evidence from India

India has a long history of promoting condom use. It did initially as part of its family welfare and STD control programs, and later, with the...
International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
2011

Gender: A Woman's Role in Family Planning

Family planning is not a luxury for the majority of Tanzanian women, since its accessibility and acceptability remain a challenge. Despite the fact...
AfriComNet
2011

A Comparative Analysis of Health and Development Policies in Tanzania

In June 2011, the President of Tanzania, Hon. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, launched a Five-Year Development Plan (FYDP) for Tanzania; covering 2011-...
Human Development Trust and Pathfinder International
2011

Fast Facts: Sexual and Reproductive Health in the New Aid Environment in Tanzania

With the launch of a new case study from Tanzania, DSW has issued this second publication of its series of Fast Facts. DSW's Fast Facts enable Civil...
The German Foundation for World Population (DSW)
2011

New Publications: Ugandan Facts on Maternal Health, Teenage Pregnancies, Adolescent Health

Reproductive Health Uganda and DSW have published three advocacy factsheets for use during district advocacy activities and community dialogue.
Healthy Action
2011

The 2011 UDHS Preliminary Results the 2011 the 2011 UDHS Preliminary Results

An overview of the health situation in Uganda to provide policy makers in the MOH and other organizations with information to plan future...
UBOS
2011

Do Ambivalent Women Have an Unmet Need for Family Planning?

Fertility intentions often can predict contraceptive demand and fertility outcomes. Little is known about women reporting ambivalent fertility...
Women's Health Issues
2011

Civil Society Organizations Perspectives and Priorities -- Health Sector Performance FY 2009-2010

The objective of this report is to illustrate priorities and document perspectives from civil society organizations (CSOs) on the performance of the...
Action Group for Health, Human Rights, and HIV/AIDS
2011

Persistence of High Fertility in Tropical Africa: The Case of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Eng)

This report written by Anatole Romaniuk provides interesting historical context on family planning in the DR Congo.
Population and Development Review
2011

Key Findings from the 2010-11 Senegal DHS and MICS (Eng) / Rapport de synthèse de l'EDS-MICS Sénégal 2010-11 (Fr)

The 2010-11 Senegal Demographic and Health and Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (DHS-MICS) is the fifth Demographic and Health Survey and the third...
National Agency for Statistics and Demography (ANSD), Senegal
2011

Family Planning: Francophone West Africa on the Move (Ouagadougou Partnership) (Eng)

In February 2011, representatives from eight francophone West African countries attended the“Population, Development, and Family Planning in West...
Ouagadougou Partnership
2012

How Family Planning Supply and the Service Environment Affect Contraceptive Use: Findings from Four East African Countries

This report uses data from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Service Provision Assessment (SPA) surveys conducted in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and...
ICF International
2012

Fact Sheets on Urban RH in Kenya

The Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) Knowledge Management team based at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for...
Measurement, Learning and Evaluation Project
2012

Multiple Deprivations and Maternal Care in India

This study found wide inequalities in the provision of antenatal care, medical assistance at delivery and postnatal care among Indian women. Only 25...
International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
2012

Making Health Financing Work for Poor People in Tanzania

Tanzania is currently developing a Health Financing Strategy to provide a medium to long-term road map for a sustainable and integrated health...
The World Bank
2012

Fertility Differences Among Developing Countries: Are They Still Related to Family Planning Program Efforts and Social Settings?

National family planning programs, which emerged during the 1960s and 1970s, were greeted skeptically by some, who doubted that they would affect...
Guttmacher Institute, 2012
2012

Nigeria: Over 75 Percent of Kwara Women Shun Family Planning

The Baseline Household Survey conducted by the Nigeria Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) has revealed that more than 75% of women in Kwara...
AfriComNet
2012

The Status of Family Planning Services in Kisarawe District

A rapid assessment report on the family planning situation in the Kisarawe district.
The Advocacy Network on HIV and AIDS in Tanzania (ANAT) and Advance Family Planning (AFP)
2012

Reaching the Poor? Wide Inequities in Contraceptive Access in Tanzania

The Government of United Republic of Tanzania acknowledges that family planning must be prioritized in an effort to address poverty, and that family...
Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health/AFP Tanzania
2012

Benefits of Family Planning for the Community and Nation

In Tanzania, 22% of currently married women want to space or limit their births but are not using contraception. This shows that a large unmet need...
AfriComNet
2012

Advance Family Planning/Tanzania, AFP/TZ

Tanzania has a favorable policy environment for family planning. At the recent London Summit on Family Planning, the Government made several...
Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health / AFP Tanzania
2012

Estimating the First Demographic Dividend in Senegal: The National Transfers Account Approach (Eng)

This research article discusses a cross-sectional study estimating the first demographic dividend in Senegal. The researchers implemented the...
British Journal of Economics, Management & Trade
2012

Enquête Démographique et de Santé et à Indicateurs Multiples (EDSBF-MICS IV) (Fr)

Ce rapport présente les principaux résultats de la quatrième Enquête Démographique et de Santé et à Indicateurs Multiples (EDSBF-MICS IV), réalisée...
INSD, Ministère de l'Économie et des Finances, Burkina Faso
2012

Repositioning Family Planning in Senegal (Eng)

The Repositioning Family Planning initiative was established to ensure that family planning remains a priority for donors, policymakers, and service...
Futures Group
2012

Repositioning Family Planning in Burkina Faso (Eng)

The Repositioning Family Planning initiative was established to ensure that family planning remains a priority for donors, policymakers, and service...
Futures Group
2012

Plan d'Action National de Planification Familiale 2012-2015 (Fr)

Un extrait de l'Avant-propos de Madame La Ministre de la Santé et de l’Action SocialeAfin d’atteindre les Objectifs du Millénaire pour le...
Ministère de la Santé et de l’Action Sociale, Sénégal
2013

Plan National de Relance de la Planification Familiale 2013-2015 (Fr)

Le Ministère de la Santé du Burkina Faso
2013

The Impact of Universal Coverage UHC Schemes in the Developing World: A Review of the Existing Evidence

 This report contributes to the debate by systematically reviewing and synthesizing evidence concerning the impact of universal coverage...
The World Bank
2013

Health in the post-2015 development agenda: What can be learned from the Reproductive Health Supplies Movement

In the current developmet framework health islisted as one of the enablers of development. However, Health has proven to be much more than a means to...
Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition
2013

How to Note: Assessing the Strength of Evidence

Robust research and evaluation generates the evidence required to form judgments, deliberate options and make intelligent decisions about how to...
Department for International Development, United Kingdom
2013

Indonesia Demographic & Health Survey 2012, Adolescent Reproductive Health, Preliminary Report

The 2012 Indonesia Demographic and Health Survey (IDHS) was carried out by Statistics Indonesia (Badan Pusat Statistik—BPS) in collaboration with the...
Statistics Indonesia, National Population and Family Planning Board, Ministry of Health, Indonesia and MEASURE DHS
2013

Politiques, Normes et Protocoles (PNP) en Santé de la Reproduction, Sénégal (Fr)

Le Sénégal, à l’instar des autres pays de la communauté internationale, vise à atteindre les objectifs du millénaire pour le développement (OMD)...
Le Ministère de la Santé du Sénégal
2013

Tanzania Private Health Sector Assessment

On February 26, 2013, SHOPS and the International Finance Corporation's Health in Africa Initiative disseminated the findings from a private health...
Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS)
2013

Health in the post-2015 development agenda: need for a social determinants of health approach

The UN Platform on Social Determinants of Health is an informal mechanism to provide coordinated support to Member States with implementation of...
ILO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and UNAIDS
2013

What Counts as Good Evidence?

Making better use of evidence is essential if public services are to deliver more for less. Central to this challenge is the need for a clearer...
Alliance for Useful Evidence
2013

Realizing the Demographic Dividend for Africa (Eng/Fr)

6th Joint Annual Meetings of the AU Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and...
UN Economic Commission for Africa, African Union Commission, National Transfer Accounts
2013

Regards sur la Planification Familiale et la Santé de la Reproduction en Milieu Urbain Sénégalais (Fr) / Perspectives on Family Planning and Reproductive Health in Urban Senegal (Eng)

This report uses data from the Senegal Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) conducted in Senegal in 1992/93, 1997, 2005, and 2010/2011 to describe...
Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) Project
2013

Measurement, Learning and Evaluation of the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative: Kenya Midterm Survey

This report presents the findings from an analysis of the midterm survey results from urban samples in three cities in Kenya.
Measurement, Learning and Evaluation Project
2013

Measurement, Learning and Evaluation of the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative: Nigeria 2012 Midterm Survey

This report presents the findings from an analysis of the midterm survey results from urban samples from four cities in Nigeria. 
Measurement, Learning and Evaluation Project
2013

Abolishing user fees for patients in West Africa: lessons for public policy (Eng/Fr)

This work is based on a dossier of five articles on the subject of health with a specificfocus on three West African countries: Mali, Niger and...
AFD
2013

How Family Planning Supply and the Service Environment Affect Contraceptive use: Findings from four East African Countries

This report uses data from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Service Provision Assessment (SPA) surveys conducted in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda,...
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
2013

High-Level Task Force For ICPD Releases: Policy Recommendations for ICPD Beyond 2014: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All

 The visionary and groundbreaking Programme of Action adopted by 179 governments at the International Conference on Population and...
International Conference on Population and Development
2013

State of the World’s Mothers 2013

“…..This report shows which countries are doing the best – and which are doing the worst – at preventing these deaths. It also examines the need to...
Save the Children
2013

Research Summary: Acceptability of Depo-subQ in Uniject, Now Called "Sayana Press"

FHI 360's PROGRESS project worked with ministries of health and local partners in Senegal and Uganda to conduct an acceptability study of the...
FHI 360
2013

Closing the Deadly Gap Between What We Know and What We Do

The report brings together the evidence highlighting the economic benefits of investing in reproductive health and confirms that addressing the...
World Bank
2013

Technical Brief on Hormonal Contraception and HIV

This technical brief provides a short overview of currently available evidence on hormonal contraception and HIV acquisition, progression, female-to-...
U.S Agency for International Development (USAID)
2013

Le Taux de Prévalence Contraceptive Augmente par 4% 2012-2013 (Fr)

In September 2013, Senegal released the results of its year 1 Enquête Démographique et de Santé Continue (EDS), the first initiative in West Africa...
Partenariat Ouagadougou
2013

Safety and acceptability of tubal ligation procedures performed by trained clinical officers in rural Uganda

This article assesses safety associated with tubal ligation performed by trained clinical officers (COs) in rural Uganda. Between March and June 2012...
IJGO
2013

IPPF strikes deal during joint visit to DRC (Eng)

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) — The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and the DRC’s Ministry of Health have...
IPPF
2013

Melinda Gates Hails Tanzania over Contraceptive Plan

The wife of billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Melinda, has recommended Tanzania’s move to put a local budget line for reproductive health in...
Daily News
2013

Planification Familiale au Burkina Faso - Site web (Fr)

Ce site fournit de l’information sur la planification familiale (PF) au Burkina Faso.  Le site web a été développé par l'Université de Tulane,...
l'Université de Tulane / ISSP
2013

Policy: Building the foundation for systems, services, and supplies

Policies set the tone for family planning programs. Ministries of Health play a primary role in developing health sector policy, with the aims of...
Family Planning High Impact Practices
2013

State of World Population Report 2013

"Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy" highlights the main challenges of adolescent pregnancy and its serious...
UNFPA
2014

Contraception for Adolescents in Low and Middle Income Countries - Needs, Barriers, and Access

Substantial numbers of adolescents experience the negative health consequences of early, unprotected sexual activity—unintended pregnancy, unsafe...
Pathfinder International
2014

Maternal mortality in adolescents compared with women of other ages: evidence from 144 countries

Adolescents are often noted to have an increased risk of death during pregnancy or childbirth compared with older women, but the existing evidence is...
The Lancet Global Health
2014

Potential Gains in Reproductive-Aged Life Expectancy by Eliminating Maternal Mortality: A Demographic Bonus of Achieving MDG 5

This journal article assesses the change over time in the contribution of maternal mortality to a life expectancy calculated between ages 15 and...
PLOS One
2014

Ending Newborn Deaths

In 2012, 2.9 million babies died within 28 days of being born: two out of every five child deaths. Of these, 1 million babies died within 24 hours,...
Save the Children
AFP Resources
Yearsort descending Title Source
2011

Global Fund Round 10 Proposal Includes $8.7 Million for Family Planning Commodities

Beginning in July, 2010, the Uganda Family Planning Consortium (UFPC), with Advance Family Planning (AFP), collaborated on an advocacy intervention...
AFP
2011

Taking Injectable Contraceptives to Villages an Advocacy Case Study in Uganda

Beginning in July, 2010, Family Health International (FHI) and Advance Family Planning (AFP) coordinated an advocacy effort to urge the Ugandan...
AFP
2011

Family Planning in Indonesia

A policy brief for use and adaptation by our partners.
AFP, 2011
2011

Investasi KB Berdampak Positif pada Bidang Pembangunan Lain (FP Investments Have Positive Impacts on Other Development Areas)

A policy brief on family planning developed for District of Bandung policy makers (Bahasa Indonesia)
AFP Indonesia - District Working Group: Pontianak, 2011
2011

Revitalisasi Program Kependudukan untuk Mencegah Ledakan Penduduk (Population Program Revitalization to Prevent Population Boom)

A policy brief on family planning developed for private sector in Indonesia (Bahasa Indonesia)
AFP Indonesia – Core Working Group, 2011.
2011

Family Planning in Tanzania

A policy brief on family planning for use/adaptation by our partners.
AFP, 2011
2011

Saving Women's Lives with Family Planning (Uganda)

A policy brief and factsheet (FAQ) on maternal health developed for use and/or adaptation by AFP partners.
AFP, 2011
2011

Family Planning in Uganda

A policy brief on family planning developed for use and/or adaptation by AFP partners.
AFP, 2011
2011

Taking Injectable Contraceptives to Villages (Uganda)

Making injectable contraceptives available in Uganda.
AFP, 2011
2011

Projecting the Potential Cost-Effectiveness of Universal Access to Modern Contraceptives in Uganda

Universal access to modern contraceptives in Uganda appears to be highly cost-effective. Increasing contraceptive coverage should be considered among...
Advance Family Planning
2012

Launch of TZ Parliamentary Family Planning Club

The Tanzanian Parliamentary Family Planning Club (PFPC) was officially launched in Dodoma Hotel in July 2012.
AFP Tanzania
2012

Maternal and Child Deaths - Family Planning a Priority for Kisarawe District

The Tanzania Central Government has set a target under the National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (MKUKUTA II) to reduce maternal...
AFP Tanzania, 2012
2013

Uganda: Financial Tracking of Reproductive Health Commodities

This report summarizes the findings and recommendations from an exercise to improve tracking of financing for subsidized contraceptives and other...
USAID Deliver Project
2013

Reproductive Health Financing for Uganda: Commitment to Action

To ensure that increased budget commitments for reproductive health commodities in Uganda are sustainable and that funds are disbursed and fully...
AFP Uganda 2013
2013

L'initiative Advance Family Planning au Burkina Faso, septembre 2013 (Fr)

Veuillez trouver ci-dessous la stratégie Smart Chart™ menée par l’initiative AFP et Équilibres et Populations à Ouagadougou le 17 septembre 2013...
AFP Burkina Faso
2013

AFP Selects Equilibres et Populations to Coordinate Advocacy Efforts in Burkina Faso (Eng/Fr)

Équilibres & Populations (EquiPop) has been selected to coordinate Advance Family Planning's (AFP's) advocacy efforts in Burkina Faso. A non...
AFP, 2013
2013

High Level Ministerial Meeting: The Youth Dividend—Return on Investment

On November 12, 2013, 356 participants from 47 countries gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the High-Level Ministerial Meeting (HLMM) of the...
2013

WHO summary guidance: Task shifting to improve access to contraceptive methods (Eng/Fr)

The WHO OptimizeMNH guidance contains evidence-based recommendations for the safe provision of key maternal and newborn health interventions by...
World Health Organization
2014

Conducting and evaluating national civil society advocacy for reproductive, maternal, and child health

This report is structured around four key themes: (i) working to influence health sector policy and programmes at national and local levels; (ii)...
World Health Organization

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