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The Jhansi district of Uttar Pradesh, India strengthened 11 facilities to provide quality female sterilization services between May and October 2017, eight of which began providing the services for the first time. Fixed day services (FDS) ensure that quality female sterilization services are available on a designated day every week, all year long rather, than only during particular months of the year.
Twenty-five health sub-centers in the Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh, India that initiated fixed day services (FDS) for intra-uterine device (IUD) services are beginning to see results. Uptake of IUDs increased 30-fold, from 20 insertions between July 2016 and June 2017 to 685 insertions between July 2017 and June 2018.
In December 2017, the Nasarawa State Commissioner of Health released five million Nigerian naira (US $14,000) from the 2017 state budget for implementation of family planning activities . By February 2018, all of the funds were spent as planned—to train community health extension workers (CHEWs), procure family planning-related supplies (e.g.
For the first time ever, Nigeria’s Plateau State government approved a dedicated budget allocation of 23 million naira (US $64,200) for family planning in the state’s 2018 budget. The budget was passed into law in February 2018. 
The governments of Ambon, Kapuas Hulu, Karawang, Kuningan, and Tual districts committed to sustain their advocacy activities when the Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative completes its mentoring and assistance in October 2018.
Between September 2017 and March 2018, 17 communes in Togo signed commitments to allocate 5% of their annual health budgets for sexual and reproductive health and family planning. As of May 2018, 16 have already allocated funds totaling nearly US $32,000 (18.3 million Central African Francs).
In December 2017, the Government of Côte d’Ivoire allocated 500 million West African francs (XOF) (approximately US $930,000) toward purchasing contraceptives in its 2018 budget.
On May 11, 2018, Kenya’s Pharmacy and Poisons Board approved an application by Pfizer Laboratories Ltd for a change of label to allow self-injection of subcutaneous depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC). Now, DMPA-SC contraceptives in Kenya are approved to have a 36-month shelf life, 200-pack presentation, and self-injection label options.
The Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative has received $34.7 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to boost and extend its family planning advocacy efforts. The grant will support efforts to make quality, voluntary family planning easier to access for women and girls around the world. It brings total donor support for the initiative to $96.6 million since 2009 and extends it through 2022.
In February 2018, the Gombe State government of Nigeria allocated 20 million Nigerian naira ($65,000) for family planning in the Ministry of Health budget. The funds will be used to train healthcare providers, procure family planning consumables, distribute family planning commodities, and support oversight for healthcare workers.
After a year-long gap without replenished family planning supplies, India’s Uttar Pradesh state Director of Family Welfare and Health enabled the supply of commodities in the Mau district. In December 2017, Mau and two additional districts from the Azamgarh Division were supplied with approximately 1.5 million condoms, 140,000 packets of oral contraceptive pills, 48,900 pregnancy testing kits, and 14,500 falope rings used for sterilization. Moreover, a smoother process with oriented stakeholders will allow for regular replenishment.