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Advance Family Planning (AFP) tracks media coverage of significant family planning policy and program developments. Find links to news and opinion articles here, along with video commentary and interactive tools to convey the facts and realities of increasing access to quality contraceptive information, services and supplies.

Members of the Media: For more information about AFP or to schedule an interview, contact Beth Fredrick, Deputy Director, Advance Family Planning.

May 23, 2017
In February 2017, Spark Minda, one of India¹s leading manufacturers of automobile components, incorporated family planning into its corporate social responsibility program for the first time. As part of an agreement to improve awareness and generate demand for family planning, Spark Minda allocated 402,500 Indian rupees (US $6,015) for conducting sensitization workshops on family planning and reproductive health.
Related: Jhpiego India, India
May 23, 2017
On April 24, 2017 the Global Financing Facility Investors Group (GFF IG) approved the GFF Civil Society Engagement Strategy to meaningfully involve nongovernmental stakeholders across sub-national, national, and global levels.
May 23, 2017
Pathfinder International, in collaboration with Population Reference Bureau and Advance Family Planning, launched a new video this month to encourage national and multinational businesses in India to invest in family planning through th
Source: Photo courtesy of Population Reference Bureau
May 23, 2017
On April 28, 2017, the Nigerian Minister of Health released an updated training curriculum for Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) to include guidance on providing long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). The revision builds on Nigeria’s 2014 task-sharing policy that authorizes CHEWs to provide women with implants and intra-uterine devices, both LARC methods.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Direct Relief
Related: Nigeria
May 23, 2017
After three community health centers in in Agra district, Uttar Pradesh, India began providing postpartum intra-uterine contraceptive device (IUD) services, each of the facilities recorded a significant service uptake – 21% in Barauli Aheer, 15% in Bichpuri, and 10% in Kheragarh respectively.+ Between December 2015 to March 2017, a total of 5,939 women delivered at these facilities and, of those women, 895 chose an IUD as their postpartum family planning method.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Sarah Mirk
The DRC government releases $1 million for the purchase of contraceptives
May 15, 2017
In December, the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) made US $1 million available to UNFPA for the purchase of contraceptives.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by UNICEF Ethiopia
Machakos County in Kenya Launches Family Planning Program
May 15, 2017
Source: Photo courtesy of Machakos County Investments
Related: Kenya
Uganda Makes Strides in the Family Planning Reproductive Health Indicators
May 14, 2017
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by International Citizen Services
East African Legislative Assembly committee integrates civil society recommendations into new SRHR bill
April 5, 2017
The East African Legislative Assembly committee recently conducted public hearings on the East African Community Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Bill 2017 in its five member countries.
Source: Photo courtesy of East African Legislative Assembly
Radio Ramogi commits to airing monthly segments on family planning to four million listeners
April 5, 2017
Not only will the segment foster a larger conversation on the need for counties to invest in modern contraception, but it will also open up space for women to participate in matters affecting them and help them make informed family planning decisions.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Book Aid International
Related: Jhpiego Kenya, Kenya
April 5, 2017
The Kwale County ministries of health, education, and youth and gender collaborated to develop a new costed action plan to address teenage pregnancy.
Source: Photo courtesy of Kwale County Government
Related: Jhpiego Kenya, Kenya
April 5, 2017
The rural communes of Gorgadji and Seytenga included funding for family planning activities in their 2017 Annual Communal Investment Plans—a first for communes in Burkina Faso.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Adam Jones
Related: Burkina Faso, PAI
Lagos State Sets Example for Nigeria, Making Family Planning Services in Yaba  Suburb Completely Free
April 5, 2017
Primary health care facilities in the Yaba Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, Nigeria, removed all user fees for family planning services in November 2016 – making family planning services completely free.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by World Bank Photo Collection
AFP Welcomes Partners for Annual Meeting
March 21, 2017
AFP is convening its annual 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.
Source: Photo courtesy of AFP by Amunga Eschuhi
March 3, 2017
Last month, 150 researchers, health professionals, advocates, and donors from 19 countries met in Dakar, Senegal for three days to strategize about how best to introduce and increase access to subcutaneous depo provera via Uniject, also known as DMPA-SC or Sayana Press.
February 24, 2017
Advance Family Planning (AFP) held its first dissemination workshop in Washington, DC this month. The four-day workshop aimed to build facilitation skills in applying AFP’s SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound) advocacy approach. Fifteen family planning and reproductive health professionals from ten organizations attended the workshop, which was led by master trainers from the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, PATH, and AFP.
Source: Photo courtesy of AFP
AFP Launches New Case Studies from Burkina Faso, Tanzania, and Opportunity Fund
February 23, 2017
Advance Family Planning’s three new case studies showcase the scope and impact of the advocacy initiative’s efforts toward discrete policy and funding advancements for family planning. Read the stories, view the lessons learned, and download the case studies to see the breadth of AFP’s impact:
Rajasthan state government in India signs MOU to improve contraceptive choice in five districts
February 22, 2017
The National Health Mission of the state government of Rajasthan in India signed an MOU with Pathfinder International to improve the quality of family planning services in Baran, Bhilwara, Madhopur, Pali, Sawai, and Sirohi.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Riccardo Romano
Imotong State, South Sudan Allocates US $21,000 to Family Planning in New Budget
February 22, 2017
On February 8, 2017, Imotong State of South Sudan formally designated 1.5 million SSP (approximately USD $21,000) to their first budget allocation for family planning services. The new allocation is a result of a resolution passed in September by the state’s legislative assembly to increase funding for family planning by establishing a dedicated budget.
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by Oxfam International
Related: PAI
Melinda Gates: Access to Contraceptives Empowers Women
February 13, 2017
Originally posted on National Geographic on February 3, 2017. In a recent op-ed, Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation shared why she advocates for over 225 million women around the globe who still lack access to modern contraceptives. Read an excerpt from "Want to Empower Women Worldwide? Give Them Access to Contraceptives" below:
Source: Photo courtesy of courtesy Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
 A Letter to our Colleagues Re: the Mexico City Policy
February 13, 2017
Dear Colleagues, I write today to inform you of how the Mexico City Policy, reinstated by President Trump last Monday, will impact the activities of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute and our partners worldwide.
Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health
Mexican Ministries of Health Approve Use of Social Monitoring in State Health Centers
January 24, 2017
In August 2016, Ministry of Health authorities from Hidalgo, Oaxaca, and San Luis Potosí states approved the use of social monitoring in 13 health centers. Mexfam, the Ampliando el Acceso local partner in Mexico, received permission to implement their social monitoring work plan in these health centers as a result of their advocacy.
Source: Photo courtesy of Mexfam
Jharkhand state in India releases $83,800 to procure surgical instruments for quality care
January 24, 2017
The Jharkhand state government in India has released 5.5 million rupees ($83,800) to procure instruments necessary for the provision of quality family planning services. In July the government issued directives to all 24 districts to procure instruments for services including non-surgical vasectomy, intrauterine contraceptive device insertion, and mini-laparotomy (a common form of tubal ligation.) 
Source: Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by BzSm8GH3md7y7hXYGrqP BzSm8GH3md7y7hXYGrqP
Related: India, Jhpiego India
Makueni County in Kenya launches family planning costed strategic plan
January 24, 2017
Makueni County Government is starting the year with a newly launched family planning costed implementation plan (2016-2020) in place.
Source: Photo courtesy of Jhpiego Kenya
Related: Kenya, Jhpiego Kenya
Community-level Advocacy Effective in Improving Indonesia’s Family Planning Programs
December 15, 2016
Results from a three-year operations research project show increased funding and use of long-acting contraception following evidence-based advocacy efforts.
Source: Photo courtesy of Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs


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