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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.
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.
In December, the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) made US $1 million available to UNFPA for the purchase of contraceptives. The release of funds follows through on a commitment made at the Third National Conference on the Repositioning of Family Planning in December 2014.
On March 1, 2017, Kenya's Machakos County launched its first family planning costed implementation plan (2017-2021). The plan lays the groundwork for family planning prioritization, coordination and budgeting in the county, and will help guide resource mobilization efforts.
Uganda has registered tremendous improvement in family planning and reproductive health over the last five years. On March 13, 2017, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) released the 2016 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS) Key Indicators Report which shows progress on key family planning and reproductive health indicators.
The East African Legislative Assembly committee recently conducted public hearings on the East African Community (EAC) Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Bill 2017 in its five member countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda). The committee, which held public hearings for Tanzania on Feb 22nd in Dar es Salaam, agreed to integrate recommendations on various sections of the bill from the recently-established Tanzania Youth and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (TAYARH) Coalition and Advance Family Planning (AFP) local partners.
In March, Radio Ramogi in Kenya committed to airing family planning stories once every month to its four million listeners, as part of its role in amplifying women issues.
The Kwale County ministries of health, education, and youth and gender collaborated to develop a new costed action plan to address the growing concern of teenage pregnancy. The plan aims to increase access to family planning information and services for adolescents and teenage girls aged between 10-19 years.
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. These plans approve yearly communal expenses; including specific language in the plan is the most effective way to ensure that a commune allocates funds to family planning.
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. Yaba is the first locality to follow through on the government of Nigeria’s commitment at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning to provide free family planning services to all Nigerians.
Advance Family Planning (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 (FP2020) vision through increased political and financial support for family planning. AFP welcomes collaborators from more than 15 countries. Together, they will work to achieve the following objectives:
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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. The Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative co-organized the meeting in collaboration with PATH and IntraHealth, along with a global steering group of international non-governmental organizations and in-country partners.