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In September 2017, the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) issued two unprecedented government orders to support implementation of a task-sharing policy in Bangladesh, significantly improving access to family planning services at community clinics.
India’s Agra district Department of Information & Broadcasting (I & B) committed to air key information developed by the Department of Health and Family Welfare on the availability of family planning services for men. After running informative messaging from August to October 2017 on five local television channels and in five leading newspapers, I & B recently extended the contract for an additional five months.
The Industrial Association in the Firozabad district of Uttar Pradesh, India approved an unprecedented three days paid leave for male employees who undergo non-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) services.
Assam state establishes district working groups for family planning in four districts
In December 2017, Uganda’s Bushenyi district chief administrative officer directed sub-county governments to allocate one percent of their total budgets to providing youth-friendly services, including family planning.
Advance Family Planning’s (AFP) new case study from Nigeria showcases the persistent advocacy that led to women in a suburb of Lagos State receiving contraceptive services completely free for the first time.
For the first time in India, the state government of Jharkhand initiated a pilot to engage accredited social health activists as ‘family planning communicators.’ The frontline health workers, known as Sahhiyas in Jharkhand, will provide family planning counseling services, filling human resource vacancies and improving access to quality services.
As of July 2017, five districts in India’s Rajasthan state formed and operationalized working groups. All five groups, one established as an advocacy working group and the other four initially formed as District Project Implementation Bodies, are successfully advocating for family planning progress in their districts.
Between July and October 2017, the districts of Baran, Bhilwara, Sawai Madhopur, Sirohi and Pali in India’s Rajasthan state established 28 family planning counseling corners. These dedicated spaces, in addition to the two previously established, will improve patient counseling on modern contraception methods as well as the quality of contraceptive service provision in the respective facilities.
In November 2017, four key health organizations in Indonesia issued a joint letter resolving a major training and certification barrier for midwives’ provision of intrauterine devices (IUD) and implants.
In November 2017, the Kanungu District local government, one of Advance Family Planning’s (AFP) focus districts in Uganda, launched its first ever five-year strategic plan for family planning. The plan outlines the district’s priorities for improving family planning from 2016 through 2020.
On September 4, 2017, the Bangladesh Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) approved a pilot project introducing tubal hook and uterine elevator procedures to improve tubal ligation services in Bangladesh.