Coming November 1:
FP2020’s 2015-2016 Progress Report
FP2020 to Launch Fourth Annual Progress Report November 1
On Tuesday, November 1, FP2020 will launch its fourth annual Progress Report, FP2020 Momentum at the Midpoint 2015-2016, during FP2020’s Reference Group meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The report offers a comprehensive look at progress toward the goals of increasing access, improving service quality, expanding choice, and reducing barriers to use in 69 focus countries. It also includes new estimates on contraceptive prevalence and the additional number of women and girls using modern contraception; analysis of core indicator data; and global trends in donor and domestic funding. Stay tuned for the report launch and join the #FP2020Progress tweetchat on November 1 at 10:00 AM EDT to discuss global and national family planning progress to date!
Some 350 contraceptive supply experts convened at the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) annual meeting in Seattle, Washington October 10-14 to discuss the vital importance of ensuring global contraceptive access to unprecedented numbers of women and girls. FP2020 Executive Director Beth Schlachter joined RHSC Director John Skibiak in providing remarks on “The State of the Coalition and the FP2020 Global Partnership,” and the two leaders released a joint op-ed the same day on the most pressing challenges that must be addressed to ensure contraceptive security. FP2020 and its partner RHSC remain committed to ensuring all women and girls have reliable and consistent access to a wide range of high-quality contraceptive options. Stay tuned for the upcoming launch of RHSC's Global Contraceptive
Commodity Gap Analysis report, which was previewed during the meeting.
FP2020, USAID, and the Interagency Gender Working Group Host Rights Event in Washington, D.C.
FP2020, USAID, and the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) co-hosted a technical consultation to explore emerging evidence from innovative interventions that address reproductive rights and empowerment in family planning programs. The event, Integrating Rights, Empowerment, and Agency in Family Planning Programs: Is the Sum Bigger Than its Parts?, which convened approximately 70 people in Washington, D.C. on October 18, aimed to cultivate a shared understanding of rights-based family planning and reproductive empowerment and the application of these concepts to family planning programs. The group confirmed the continued need to ensure that voluntary, rights-based family planning efforts are inclusive of other sectors and reflect the perspectives of the communities they seek to serve. Further, participants affirmed that educating women, men, and all youth about their rights is as important to success as the programs and policies that embrace rights.
The High-Impact Practices (HIPs)Technical Advisory Group has published a promising new HIP on the power of engaging and mobilizing communities in group dialogue and action to shift the choices individuals make about contraceptive behaviors—making it the first practice to be included in a new category of social and behavior change (SBC) briefs endorsed by the group. The distinguishing characteristic of this practice from other SBC interventions is its focus on working through community groups to influence individual behaviors and/or social norms rather than targeting individuals alone. This practice—which the group recommends be carefully evaluated against the current state of evidence—is associated with higher levels of contraceptive use and can help change norms that underpin harmful social practices, increase sexual and reproductive health knowledge among women and men, and improve women’s decision-making power. Download this brief to learn more.
Joan Amanda Baruna, 23, is team leader for the Uganda Youth Alliance for Family Planning and helped to develop the Ugandan Costed Implementation Plan on Family Planning, working to ensure it included access to family planning for young people. Read more.
Ramya Jawahar Kudekallu, 27, became an advocate for sexual and reproductive health after graduating from law school in 2012, and works to produce training modules and advocacy toolkits for young community workers in over 50 countries. Read more.
Youth in FP Action Profile: Dr. Mbencho Andrew Millan and Youth Health International Organization
At age 25, Dr. Mbencho Andrew Millan is the executive director of the youth-led Youth Health International (YHI). Under his leadership, YHI received an FP2020 Rapid Response Mechanism grant to bolster advocacy and training efforts related to youth access to contraception in the Northwest region of Cameroon. With support from the grant, YHI held a regional seminar for 175 stakeholders and policymakers on the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of adolescents. The seminar, which included traditional and religious leaders, parents, and young people, resulted in the signing of the Bamenda Declaration, which aims to improve adolescent SRHR through the reduction of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortions by increasing contraceptive use. To learn more about YHI, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This profile series highlights young people from around the world who work to advance SRHR, including family planning, in their communities. Their energy, passion, and leadership have a tangible impact on global family planning efforts.
October 30: Youth Advocacy Workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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
November 28: HIPs Technical Advisory Group Meeting in Washington, D.C.
November 29: HIPs Partners’ Meeting in Washington, D.C.
December 12-14: Ouagadougou Partnership Annual Meeting in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
November 28-29: 13th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on Population and Development 2016, in Dakar, Senegal
The United Nations Population Fund released the new State of the World Population report, highlighting the need to invest in 10-year-old girls and empower them to be agents of change. View the report here.
The UN Population Division released three new data outputs on family planning. Learn more.
This month, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development released a new strategy report regarding France’s external action on population and sexual and reproductive health and rights issued for 2016-2020. Learn more.
The World Health Organization released an interactive, electronic version of the Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC) wheel for contraceptive use. Read more.