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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.
Advance Family Planning’s new, vibrant 2017 publication highlights the advocacy initiative’s family planning progress.
Each visually-appealing spread provides a broad sense of Advance Family Planning's (AFP’s) aims and achievements, along with select, specific anecdotes of in-country gains.
Since 2009, AFP has achieved more than 450 advocacy wins. Together, we have made it easier for women, men, and young people to access and use family planning information, services, and supplies.
Advance Family Planning’s (AFP) new case study from Senegal illustrates the profound effect that SMART sub-national advocacy can have on achieving larger family planning goals.
In October 2016, Tharaka Nithi county in Kenya initiated a tracking mechanism to capture data on community health volunteers’ provision of DMPA injectable contraceptives.
Advance Family Planning local partner Jhpiego Kenya advocated for its establishment so that local leaders could track uptake of the method.