FP2020’s Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM), established by Bloomberg Philanthropies one year ago in July 2014, supports rapid response grants that fill urgent gaps and unforeseen time-bound opportunities to accelerate family planning progress. Since its launch, the RRM has funded 16 projects in 14 countries. Current projects support youth groups, faith-based organizations, HIV integration programs, advocacy efforts, as well as providing technical assistance.
The Secretariat accepts new applications on a rolling basis. Recent approved grants include supporting Forum for Family Planning and Development Inc, which aims to reach night high school students in Cebu City, Philippines, who are among the most vulnerable and at-risk youth in the area, with information on adolescent sexual and reproductive health. In Myanmar, the RRM will support Pathfinder International’s project to improve the availability of contraceptive supplies in Shan State. In Nigeria, the RRM will support the Clinton Global Health Initiative’s efforts to increase access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC).
To learn more about the RRM and see if your project meets the eligibility criteria, click here or contact ushere.
Country Progress: Senegal, DRC, Bangladesh and Nigeria
In Senegal, the Ministry of Health and Social Action authorized the first prescription of the pill by community health workers serving in 10 out of the 14 regions in Senegal (Source: AFP). A new article in Global Health: Science and Practice describes the recent high-level commitment to family planning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Source: AFP).
Bangladesh is on its way to achieving the MDG goals, with maternal and child mortality rates that have decreased drastically. (Source: The Daily Star). In Nigeria, radio soap operas designed to increase knowledge on family planning, HIV/AIDS, adolescent reproductive health, women's education and gender-based violence have hit the airwaves (Source: All Africa).
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Video: Beth Schlachter, Executive Director of FP2020, and Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, discuss how rights-based family planning fits within the Sustainable Development Goals that will be launched this fall. Watch the video.
In Bolivia, teenagers face damaging myths about contraception: IUDs cause cancer and contraception can make you sterile. In response, the Bolivian government and Ipas launched a pilot project to open up to 22 health centers offering youth-friendly contraceptive services in and around La Paz.
[Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies]
When Monica Kerrigan, Senior Advisor to FP2020, opened a forum entitled “Commitment to Action: Enabling Fulfillment of Family Planning Goals,” she brought news of “tremendous progress” but also of the urgent need to “up our game.” [Source: Health Policy Project]