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FP2020 Newsletter

July 2015

Rights & Empowerment Blog Series Celebrates Work of Global Partners

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At Three-year Mark, FP2020 Progress Means Rights and Empowerment

July 11 marked the third anniversary of the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning and the creation of Family Planning 2020 (FP2020). To commemorate this milestone, FP2020 launched a special 10-day blog series celebrating the longstanding dedication of our global partners in promoting principles of rights and empowerment in family planning programs and policies. You can find all of the blogs on our website here. We invite you to keep the conversation going ahead of the International Conference on Family Planning in November. Share your stories of upholding rights in family planning using #FP2020Progress, join community discussions on human rights, and help spread the word!  Read more.

FP2020’s Rapid Response Mechanism Marks One Year in Helping to Accelerate Family Planning Progress

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 us here. 

In Case You Missed It: Webinar on “Improving Maternal Health and Access to Contraceptives: The Role of the Private Sector"

The United Nations Foundation, Family Planning 2020 and the Access to Medicine Foundation, in support of Every Woman Every Child, co-convened a webinar to discuss the main results of the April 2015 Access to Medicine Foundation report: Improving maternal health and access to contraceptives: pharmaceutical companies’ contribution to MDG5. The event highlighted leadership examples from companies that have made a meaningful contribution to advancing maternal health and access to family planning and encouraged discussion on how to enhance provision of family planning by the private sector as we approach the SDG Summit. View the slide presentations here and listen to the audio recording of the webinar here.

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).

Partner Spotlight: Access Country-specific DHS Analyses of Trends in Modern Contraception Use

Access one-page factsheets analyzing Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data on the use of modern methods of contraception (mCPR) over time in 57 countries. Developed by Track20, these country-specific, easy-to-use factsheets also include mCPR disaggregated by age, wealth, education, residence (urban vs. rural) and other variables. Read more.

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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.

What is the Costed Implementation Plan Resource Kit? Download a factsheet to learn more about the tools and resources for building a family planning CIP.

FP2020 in the Media

How the Rapid Response Mechanism is helping to lower teen pregnancy in Bolivia

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]

Upping Our Game for Family Planning

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]

Featured Resources

International Conference on Family Planning

UNFPA Transparency Portal

UN Press Release: Financing for Development

Global Daily

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