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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.
In a startling move, the Government of Uganda deferred the launch of the much-anticipated and vital 2017 National Guidelines and Service Standards for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.
As of September 2017, 92 local governments in the Barisal and Pirojpur districts of Bangladesh allocated a total of 10.5 million taka (US $131,250) to improve family planning services at family welfare centers. These funds will enable the centers to improve the quality and range of family planning services offered, such as intrauterine device and implant insertion, menstrual regulation, and post-service follow-up.
The second Uganda National Conference on Family Planning in September ended with Advance Family Planning (AFP) focus districts winning the majority of the inaugural 2017 Family Planning Best Performers Awards.
In July 2017, the Ugandan National Drug Authority (NDA) Board authorized the stocking of injectable contraceptives in private drug shops in 20 select districts.
In June 2017, the two rural districts of Barisal and Pirojpur in Bangladesh each formed an advocacy working group to improve the quality of family planning services in these hard-to-reach areas—each geographically isolated and encompassing upwards of 1.1 million people. In a few short months, the working groups have reinvigorated essential discussions, including budget allocations for family planning.
On September 15, 2017, Tanzania’s Katavi Region announced a new Regional Action Plan to reduce teenage pregnancy. Katavi has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the country, with 45% of teenage girls aged 15-19 becoming pregnant. The Plan aims to reduce the rate to 20% by 2020. The national rate is 27% .
In July 2017, the Executive Governor of Plateau State released 5 million Naira (US $25,125) from the state budget for implementation of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) activities, fulfilling his statement of commitment from earlier this year.