Welcome to the First-ever Postpartum Family Planning Global Meeting!
From June 7-11, Family Planning 2020, in technical partnership with Jhpiego, is hosting 175 participants from 20 countries to accelerate efforts on the implementation of postpartum family planning (PPFP). Forty presenters from around the world will discuss state-of-the-art technical knowledge and programming experience in PPFP. Interactive learning sessions, small working groups and country-specific action plans for PPFP will be developed over the course of the week. To follow the conversation online, follow #ActionPPFP on Twitter. Meeting materials will be made available on FP2020's Knowledge Platform at the end of each day.
Training, Economics and Resolve Drive Family Planning Progress in Thailand
“Having fewer children will give families an opportunity to earn more, to live better lives,” says Khunying Kobchitt Limpaphayom, a leader in family planning and reproductive health both in Thailand and abroad. Khobbi, as she is affectionately known, is an obstetrician and gynecologist, and renowned for her work in cervical cancer and menopause. Indeed Thailand’s government has sought to support women and families in making those choices, training and deploying an energetic, thousands-strong force of health workers to ensure universal access to modern family planning methods. Over the 40 years that Khobbi has worked in family planning, Thailand’s contraceptive prevalence rate has leapt from 14 percent to an impressive 79 percent, while the total fertility rate has dropped from 6.5 to 1.5. Read more.
WHO Expands Postpartum Family Planning, Increases Chances for Maternal and Child Survival
On June 1, the World Health Organization released the 5th edition of the Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC) for Contraceptive Use. These guidelines have the potential to significantly change the family planning landscape in developing countries, expanding access to long-acting contraceptives and reducing the unmet family planning needs of 225 million women. The MEC is the global standard on the selection and use of contraceptive methods for women and men. In many sub-Saharan African and Asian countries, policy makers rely on MEC guidelines to devise national strategies that determine which family planning methods can be offered to their citizens. This newest edition takes a bold but overdue step – it eases restrictions on the use of hormonal contraceptive methods for women who are fewer than six weeks postpartum, greatly expanding options for women seeking a contraceptive method following the birth of a child. It also determines that adolescents are generally medically eligible to use all effective reversible forms of contraception and emergency contraception. For more information on the MEC guidelines, download the executive summary.
Meet Rasheda Furmoli, Ministry of Health, Afghanistan
I was born in Kabul. My father was a teacher and my mother was illiterate but all of my brothers and sisters are doctors. I’ve been working in family planning for 10 years. My family has supported my career. I have four children, one of whom is in Belgium and one in India.
We don’t have a government budget for family planning or for maternal health in Afghanistan but rely on donor support. The biggest barriers to FP here have been security, illiteracy, religious and cultural barriers and a high turnover of staff that leave for another health facility. There’s actually a lack of female staff in general so the Ministry
of Health has established midwifery schools to encourage women.
Happy Anniversary! Fifty years in Family Planning for USAID
This year marks a milestone for USAID worth celebrating with a slice of cake: half a century of investment in family planning and 10 years since the launch of the Access FP project, the agency’s first proud foray into postpartum family planning. Access FP was a small-scale project of global pertinence that integrated postpartum family planning with maternal, newborn and child health. The project framework set the stage to develop and test service delivery models, such as integrating PPFP with immunization, and was easily absorbed into family planning programs. Though other projects have superseded it, Access FP put the needs of postpartum women on the map, and set in motion a focus on postpartum family planning that has endured at USAID ever since.
65% of women in their first year postpartum have an unmet need for family planning.
By increasing access to PPFP we can prevent: 30% of maternal deaths; 10% of infant deaths; and 21% of deaths of children ages 1-4.
When births are spaced by at least three years, newborns are twice as likely to survive their first year.
16 participating countries at the PPFP Global Meeting collectively have an annual birth cohort of 62 million. Over five years, that represents more than 300 million opportunities to protect mothers and their newborns!
Top #ActionPPFP Tweets
@FP2020Global: James Kiarie @WHO spacing pregnancies by at least 2 years averts approx 10% infant deaths & 21% of deaths in children ages 1-4. #ActionPPFP
@Jhpiego: #DidYouKnow: When families space their children at least 2 years apart, mom & baby are healthier. #ActionPPFP coming soon!
@Monica_Kerrigan: 70k girls 15-19 die in childbirth & 3M unsafe abortion. How can we protect our girls & offer contraceptive choice #ActionPPFP @FP2020Global