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March 27-31, 2017
AFP is convening its 2017 Partners Meeting in Baltimore from 27—31 March 2017. The aim of the 2017 meeting is greater synergy among AFP partners and collaborators in working to fulfill the Family Planning 2020 vision through increased political and financial support for family planning.
Photo by AFP-Amunga Eshuchi.
January 30, 2016 - February 2, 2017
The Increasing Access to Next Generation Injectables Meeting was a working meeting aimed to increase voluntary and quality access to DMPA-SC within a wide range of contraceptive methods and inform related policy decisions with existing evidence and experience.
Photo by AFP.
July 18-22, 2016
The 2016 annual AFP Partners' Meeting was at the Boma Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. AFP partners, donors, and leadership group members met to share updates and progress from the past year as well as form strategies and objectives to overcome challenges.
Photo by AFP-Amunga Eshuchi.
May 24-27, 2016
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
In late May 2016, Advance Family Planning (AFP) partners from East Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda - built communications skills and laid the foundation for media advocacy work plans. The hands-on four day workshop in Dar es Salaam implemented presentations, discussion, peer review, and working sessions to master communication best practices specific to the AFP approach.
February 9-11, 2016
New York, USA
In January 2016, Advance Family Planning (AFP) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) partnered to launch Ampliando El Acceso (“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 February 9, 20 advocates from the three focus countries and Peru gathered in New York for a three-day workshop to begin planning their activities. They walked through the AFP SMART and IPPF/WHR advocacy approaches, developed work plans, and identified opportunities to learn from and collaborate with each other. The advocates will be implementing their work plans in order to meet their Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound objectives by December.
January 21-25, 2016
Nusa Dua, Indonesia
In the four days leading up to the 4th International Conference on Family Planning, 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.
January 25-29, 2016
Nusa Dua, Indonesia
The 4th International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) is expected to draw more than 3,000 researchers, policymakers, advocates, and students to Nusa Dua, Indonesia. It is the largest conference in the world devoted to family planning. The host country, Indonesia, is a leader in innovative family planning programming in the region and throughout the world.
Update: ICFP2015 has been postponed for the time being due to a volcanic eruption in Indonesia. Read the official announcment from the conference organizers. The updated dates are January 25-29, 2016. See Advance Family Planning's presence at the conference.
March 16-20, 2015
The fourth annual AFP Partners' Meeting was held at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in mid-March. AFP partners, donors, and leadership group members met to share updates and progress from the past year as well as form strategies and objectives to overcome challenges. This year the Evaluation team met and interviewed AFP stakeholders as well.
topic: Family Planning, pillar of drc's socio-economic development
December 3-5, 2014
At the 3rd National Conference to Reposition Family Planning in the DRC, approximately 400 participants convened to discuss family planning as the pillar of the DRC's socio-economic development. Sub-themes of the conference included: Family Planning and the Demographic Dividend, Youth and Family Planning, and Family Planning, the Private Sector, and Religion. Guests include the 11 Provincial Ministers of Health, the 11 Provincial Ministers of Gender, the 11 Provincial Inspecting Doctors and 11 Provincial Coordinators of the PNSR, 11 Representatives of the Provincial Assemblies, and 1 Senator.
The Pros and Cons of Decentralization for Increasing Contraceptive Access and Use
October 24, 2014
Mexico City, Mexico
At the RHSC Annual Meeting, held October 20th-24th 2014 in Mexico City, AFP hosted a panel discussion on the pros and cons of decentralization for increasing access to contraception. Presentation of the experiences of Uganda, Tanzania, and Indonesia in adapting to decentralization and Mexico’s experience in returning to a centralized system highlighted the pros and cons of devolution. A lively discussion ensued on how national and district policymakers work together on health, finance and family planning issues and the authority given to subnational leaders.
May 19-22, 2014
The third annual AFP Partners' Meeting was held in Baltimore, Maryland, May 19-22, 2014. It coincided with the 15th anniversary of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. AFP partners, funders, and leadership group members met to share updates and progress from the past year as well as key strategies to overcome challenges. View and download presentations here.
April 2-4, 2014
Stakeholders in East Africa convened in Nairobi in April 2014 for Accelerating Contraceptive Choice, a regional meeting to increase access to high-quality family planning services in sub-Saharan Africa, beginning in East Africa. Specifically, so that women and men will have access to the widest possible range of contraceptives and accurate information on these methods, enabling them to make an informed, voluntary choice about the method which best fulfills their desires and needs. Download the resources pack.
The meeting brought together 80 experts in program and policy development and implementation in East Africa and emphasized gains to be made in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda to accelerate contraceptive choice. It provided a platform for exchange of key technical resources, research findings, shared experiences, and the impediments and opportunities for large-scale uptake of proven interventions.
March 13-15, 2014
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
The first AFP Francophone Partners Meeting was held in March 2014 in Ouagadougou, with representatives from AFP’s partners in Senegal, Burkina Faso, DRC, and West Africa regional coordinating partner Futures Group. The meeting was successful in fostering a team dynamic between the francophone AFP partners to encourage sharing of lessons learned as well as further grounding our newest partners in the AFP approach using the new AFP SMART: Guide to a Quick Win tool.
Presentations and handouts from the meeting are available here.
“The Youth Dividend – Return on Investment in Family PLanning"
November 12, 2013
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
More than 350 participants from 47 countries gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the High-Level Ministerial Meeting of the International Conference on Family Planning. These included 26 leaders from African ministries of health, youth, economic planning and development, and finance, 75 additional ministerial representatives and 15 members of parliament.
The meeting objective was to increase African leaders’ understanding of the benefits of investing in family planning to realize a demographic dividend—the economic growth that may result from a rapid decline in fertility and subsequent changes in a country’s population age structure. Download the full report for the key themes and policy actions that resulted from the meeting.