This July will mark five years since the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, the global event that launched the FP2020 initiative. These have been years of enormous progress and innovation for the global family planning movement. Because of the work of partners around the world, last year, for the first time, more than 300 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries were using life-saving modern contraception and therefore have a chance to plan their own lives and chart their own futures.
But we have a long way to go to make a range of high-quality contraceptive products available to all the women who want and need them. That’s why the UK Secretary of State for International Development, the Rt. Hon. Priti Patel MP, will co-host an international summit on family planning in London this July with Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more.
FP2020 Welcomes New Government and Institutional Partners to the Reference Group
FP2020 is pleased to announce the newest members of its Reference Group, which provides overall strategic direction to the partnership. The new Reference Group member composition increases the number of FP2020 focus country representatives and adds a leader from the faith-based community to strengthen country leadership and reflect the diversity of the FP2020 partnership. FP2020 Reference Group members are drawn from governments, multilateral organizations, civil society, donor agencies, and the private sector. Annonce française bientôt! Learn more.
FP2020 Launches New Web Resource on Rights-Based Family Planning
On International Women’s Day, FP2020 launched a new web resource to advance practical understanding of rights-based family planning—an approach that demands that policies, plans, and programs are designed and implemented to respect, protect, and fulfill the rights of girls and women, and are grounded in human rights principles, as outlined in FP2020’s Rights and Empowerment Principles for Family Planning. FP2020 is proud to work with partners to strengthen this critical knowledge base on the impact of rights-based family planning on programs, progress, and people’s lives. Learn more.
She Decides Initiative Inspires Funding and Support for Family Planning
FP2020 commends the many government partners that have stepped forward through the She Decides initiative to ensure that every woman and girl can decide for herself whether and when to have children—and therefore have the opportunity to thrive, prosper, and build a sustainable future. The government leaders, advocates, and civil society representatives who gathered in Brussels, Belgium on March 2 for the ministerial conference raised nearly $200 million in funding for global family planning and reproductive health—demonstrating a groundswell of support for the power of voluntary family planning to change people’s lives. Learn more about She Decides.
Working Group and Partners Advance FP2020 Measurement Agenda in Kenya
The FP2020 Performance
Monitoring & Evidence Working Group (PME WG) held its semi-annual meeting in Nairobi, Kenya from March 7-9, marking the first time the group has met in an FP2020 focus country. The first half of the meeting focused on indicators, analyses, and ongoing activities to advance family planning measurement. The group then met with FP2020 Focal Points, members of Kenya’s Family Planning Technical Working Group, and the Track20 Monitoring & Evaluation Officer for Kenya to learn how family planning data are being used in the country. PME WG co-leads Ann Biddlecom and Jacob Adetunji recap key highlights and outcomes of the meeting in this blog, including a proposed new Core Indicator on contraceptive discontinuation and a statement on terminology used to describe contraceptive users.
Civil Society Organizations in Kenya Commit to Harnessing Family Planning Momentum
On March 10, on the heels of the PME WG meeting in Nairobi, more than 70 civil society representatives and partners gathered for a day-long meeting to review achievements and challenges, sharpen action plans, and forge a path forward on family planning for civil society organizations in Kenya. The meeting, co-hosted by FP2020 and Health NGOs Network (HENNET), attracted some of the country’s strongest advocates, who committed to working collaboratively to build a productive agenda, work for and with young people, and refine their advocacy approach to make an impact at all levels. Advance Family Planning (AFP), PATH, and JHPIEGO committed to bring the conversation forward and plan additional convenings to maintain the momentum.
WHO Releases Guidance on Hormonal Contraception and HIV
The WHO released new guidance March 2 stating that women at high risk of acquiring HIV can use progestogen-only injectables, but when considering use they should receive comprehensive information and counseling on contraception and potential HIV risk. The guidance states that women should be counseled about the association between these methods and HIV acquisition, about the uncertainty as to whether the relationship is causal, and about how to minimize their risk of HIV infection.
Youth in Family Planning Action Profile: Jennifer Amadi of Nigeria
Jennifer Amadi, Advocacy Advisor for the African Youth Initiative on Population, Health and Development (AfrYPoD), is a passionate and active voice on social media—using digital channels as a tool “to share information on contraception and proper use.” She says, “With social media I have been able to reach a lot of women and girls between ages 15 and 35. But social media alone is not the only way to reach young people with information on family planning. As great as social media is, I think it makes the most difference when used together with other approaches, like one-on-one outreach.” Jennifer also runs the Development Nerds blog, a platform for evidence and information to inform young people across Africa working to realize the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Read more.
This series profiles 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.
Partner Spotlight: RRM Project in Djibouti Works to Spur Contraceptive Uptake
This month marks the completion of the Stand Up for Family Planning project, a Rapid Response Mechanism grant issued to CARE in Djibouti. Working with the Ministry of Health, UNFPA, and WHO, CARE led a consultation with family planning providers and trainers to develop new family planning policies and guidelines to spur informed contraceptive uptake—focusing on long-acting contraceptives. Twenty-five health facilities in six districts participated in the project, which culminated in a successful training pilot for 50 midwives. CARE provided technical assistance and support, enabling sophisticated conversations on how to reach local women and girls with the family planning services, information, and guidance they need.
High-Impact Practice of the Month: Developing and Supporting the Capacity to Lead and Manage Family Planning Programs
Strengthening leadership and management are essential elements to developing successful family planning programs, especially as health system models such as decentralization affect the way services are structured, resourced, and staffed. This High-Impact Practice (HIP) defines common leadership and management approaches, outlining how family planning programs at all levels of the health system can be strengthened by practices such as improving work climate, organizational and management systems, and the capacity to respond to change. Learn more and explore specific country examples of this HIP in practice here.
April 3-7: Commission on Population and Development (CPD) in New York
April 7: World Health Day
April 13: High-Impact Practices Social Marketing Webinar (Register Here)
April 21-23: World Bank/International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C.
May 16-17: Global Adolescent Health Conference in Ottawa, Canada