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Advance Family Planning (AFP) held its first dissemination workshop in Washington, DC this month. The four-day workshop aimed to build facilitation skills in applying AFP’s SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound) advocacy approach. Fifteen family planning and reproductive health professionals from ten organizations attended the workshop, which was led by master trainers from the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, PATH, and AFP.
Advance Family Planning’s three new case studies showcase the scope and impact of the advocacy initiative’s efforts toward discrete policy and funding advancements for family planning.
Read the stories, view the lessons learned, and download the case studies to see the breadth of AFP’s impact:
On January 9, 2017, the National Health Mission of the state government of Rajasthan in India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Advance Family Planning local partner Pathfinder International to improve the quality of family planning services in five districts of Rajasthan: Baran, Bhilwara, Madhopur, Pali, Sawai, and Sirohi.
On February 8, 2017, Imotong State of South Sudan formally designated 1.5 million SSP (approximately USD $21,000) to their first budget allocation for family planning services. The new allocation is a result of a resolution passed in September by the state’s legislative assembly to increase funding for family planning by establishing a dedicated budget.
Pathfinder International in India gained the support of UNFPA to collaborate on advancing corporate social responsibility (CSR) for family planning. In November 2016, Pathfinder signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UNFPA to provide technical assistance to corporations to enhance investment in health and wellbeing of women, men, adolescents and young people in India.
Originally posted on National Geographic on February 3, 2017.
In a recent op-ed, Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation shared why she advocates for over 225 million women around the globe who still lack access to modern contraceptives. Read an excerpt from "Want to Empower Women Worldwide? Give Them Access to Contraceptives" below:
Originally posted on www.gatesinstitute.org on January 30, 2017.
Jose “Oying” Rimon II, Director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, published a letter for colleagues regarding the Mexico City Policy:
In August 2016, Ministry of Health authorities from Hidalgo, Oaxaca, and San Luis Potosí states approved the use of social monitoring in 13 health centers. Mexfam, the Ampliando el Acceso local partner in Mexico, received permission to implement their social monitoring work plan in these health centers as a result of their advocacy.
The Jharkhand state government in India has released 5.5 million rupees ($83,800) to procure instruments necessary for the provision of quality family planning services. In July the government issued directives to all 24 districts to procure instruments for services including non-surgical vasectomy, intrauterine contraceptive device insertion, and mini-laparotomy (a common form of tubal ligation.)
Makueni County Government is starting the year with a newly launched family planning costed implementation plan (2016-2020) in place.
County Governor Professor Kivutha Kibwana presided over the ceremony on December 9, 2016. If fully implemented, Governor Kibwana said that the costed strategy will help the county reach its target of increasing access to modern contraceptives to 72% by the year 2020. Modern contraceptive use in Makueni county is currently 65% (Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2014.)
Originally posted on Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs
Results from a three-year operations research project show increased funding and use of long-acting contraception following evidence-based advocacy efforts
Smallpox is eradicated; polio nearly so. Can other global health initiatives find the same success? A newly published journal article by Advance Family Planning (AFP), “Connecting Global Goals to Local Priorities” explores the challenge of achieving broad international goals within local government plans—and how advocacy is integral to spurring action.