Today, on World Contraception Day, FP2020 and K4Health are pleased to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Family Planning Voices (FP Voices), a digital storytelling initiative to document and share real stories from real people around the world who are passionate about family planning. Thanks to the energy and reception of the community, FP Voices has collected narratives from 250 people in 50 countries—and there are still many more to tell. Want to get involved? There are several ways to engage, and we hope you will add your voice!
Join the #FPVoices tweet chat on the power of storytelling and narrative in advancing family planning efforts at 10:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, October 19.
The 2016 CHAI Family Planning Market Report takes a detailed look at the public sector family planning market across the 69 FP2020 focus countries. The second in a series of annual publications, the 2016 report features increased supplier participation, with all of last year’s 11 suppliers choosing to continue their involvement, and two new suppliers coming on board. The report is a product of the Global Markets Visibility Project and was produced with support from the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition. A recording of the report webinar can be found here.
To improve task sharing for service delivery in family planning, the WHO hosted a workshop from September 20-22 in Lomé, Togo. All nine Ouagadougou Partnership countries were represented, as well as a number of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries, including Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea Bissau. Throughout the workshop—which culminated in the development of best practices and country-specific action plans—over 100 health care professionals discussed challenges, opportunities, successes, and obstacles in program implementation.
Task sharing is the systematic delegation of tasks to a broader set of health professionals to more equitably allocate and maximize the efficient use of human resources. Task sharing strategies for increasing contraceptive access optimize the skills and competencies health workers at all levels bring to family planning and women’s health. Learn more and support the Task Sharing Call to Action here.
Training and supporting drug-shop and pharmacy staff—often the first line of health care in areas that have very few private or public clinics—can facilitate the use of modern contraception where unmet need is high, access is poor, and health worker shortages are persistent. The limited but growing evidence base on this promising High-Impact Practice (HIP)—one of six proven and promising service delivery HIPs in family planning—shows that drug-shop and pharmacy staff can safely provide a wide range of methods, such as male condoms, combined oral contraceptives, injectables, and emergency contraception. As a promising practice, this intervention is recommended for wide promotion, provided that it is implemented within the context of research and is carefully evaluated for impact and process. Download this brief to learn more about this practice and explore where it’s been implemented.
October 10-14: Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
October 11: International Day of the Girl Child
October 19: Join the #FPVoices tweet chat at 10:00 AM ET
October 31-November 1: FP2020 Reference Group Meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
November 1: Launch of FP2020's annual Progress Report
November 2: FP2020 Reference Group and Global Finance Facility (GFF) Investors Group Bridge Day Meetings
November 3-4: GFF Investors Group Meeting
November 3: FP2020 Tanzanian Civil Society Consultation
Stay tuned for the release of our 2015-2016 Progress Report on November. 1
FP2020 is pleased to become an official partner of World Contraception Day. Read more.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health announced the 2016 winners of 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders. View the list here.
Advance Family Planning (AFP) expands advocacy initiative to include Bangladesh, partnering with Marie Stopes Bangladesh to lead efforts there. Learn more.
PAI launches new advocacy partnership to strengthen sexual and reproductive health and rights in Malawi and Zambia. Learn more.
Tanzania Parliament adopts policy to fast-track health commodities, including contraceptives. Learn more.