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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.
On November 6, 2017, the Mbarara district chief administrative officer (CAO), Fred Kalyesubura, issued a directive to all health facilities to dedicate a specific day to provide youth-friendly health services. The services will include family planning.
On October 2, 2017, the Department of Health Regional Director of SOCCSKSARGEN (an administrative region in south-central Mindanao in the Philippines) approved a budget allocation for provincial and municipal planning in 2018. The $33,000 allocation will support adoption and rollout of the Philippines’ 2012 reproductive health law and President Duterte’s Executive Order No.
Advance Family Planning (AFP) and PAI’s new case study highlights the results of AFP’s first international advocacy diffusion workshop and the impact SMART advocacy efforts can have on achieving meaningful change in a variety of settings and issues—from improving health worker training in Nig
Tanzania’s National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF)—the largest public health insurance scheme in the country—moved to integrate family planning into its Going Rural program through which NHIF disseminates health information and mobilizes rural communities to secure insurance coverage.
On October 11th 2017, the International Day of the Girl Child, Tanzania’s Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children directed all primary and secondary schools across the country to establish help desks dedicated to preventing early pregnancy.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s recent cabinet reshuffle on October 7, 2017 brought in new faces and increased the number of family planning champions in the cabinet.