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DateJuly 11, 2017

Cycle Technologies commits to:  

  1. Distribute free app-based fertility awareness options to 8 million women worldwide by the year 2020 with a particular focus on those areas with the highest unmet need.
  2. Complete a comprehensive efficacy study of an app-based family planning method by September 2018.
  3. Conduct impact research to measure how free, app-based fertility awareness options are addressing unmet need.
  4. Provide physical CycleBeads to qualified programs such as USAID and UNFPA at the lowest possible price. Specifically, work through existing health programs to distribute 2 million sets of CycleBeads to women in low resource settings with unmet need for contraception between 2017 and 2020.

Globally 225 million women have an unmet need for contraception. This means that they are at risk for pregnancy, but are not using a modern contraceptive method. Each year there are also 85 million unplanned pregnancies with almost all of these – 95% - occurring to women who were not using contraception consistently at the time they became pregnant.

Fertility awareness methods, and specifically well researched, proven, easy to use methods, have the potential to reach millions of women who have unmet need with effective contraception. These options address the primary reason cited by women for not using birth control consistently – side effects. They also expand the method mix, work in a variety of cultural contexts, and can be accessed by women for free, directly through their mobile devices. Because of this, they have the potential to have a huge impact in addressing the needs of the millions of women worldwide who are at risk for pregnancy, yet are not using a modern contraceptive method.

Cycle Technologies has extensive experience in making effective, easy to use fertility awareness-based methods available widely. Research on our technologies has found that they bring new users to family planning and can reach a significant number of women who have unmet family planning need. Over 6 million women, many in the areas with the most unmet need, have successfully used these effective contraceptive options.

Recent impact studies indicate that offering these contraceptive options via mobile technology has the potential to be a game-changer. Research conducted by the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University in Kenya, Ghana, and India on Cycle Technologies’ mobile application CycleBeads show that this contraceptive app can bring new users to family planning, reaches women who are at risk for pregnancy, and can be offered cost efficiently to a massive number of women through a smartphone device.

Cycle Technologies app – Dot Fertility & Period Tracker – which is undergoing the first ever full-scale contraceptive app efficacy study in 2017, was named by Women Deliver as a Top 10 Global Health App Changing the Lives of Women and Girls.

DateJuly 11, 2017

40,000 new women (tea farmers or tea workers) will be reached by HERhealth programme or similar programme to raise awareness on awareness and improve access to health services,particularly concerning reproductive health and family planning,by December 2020.

Twinings aims to improve the quality of lives of people in tea communities where we source our products. We believe everyone in our supply chain should have a good quality of life and to provide for themselves and their family. Women make up most of the workforce on tea estates in tea gardens. But in developing countries women often lack access to adequate healthcare and the knowledge they need to look after their own health. This can lead to high maternal mortality rates,HIV infection, pressure on family finances due to unintended pregnancies, lack of productivity and low income. We know that when women and girls thrive, so do the people around them andthe wider society. That’s why, at Twinings, we are committed to empower women in our supply chain through health and education.

Kenya is our second largest tea sourcing origin and in 2015, Twinings started a partnership with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) to implement the HERhealth programme in communities in our supply chain in this country. HERhealth aims to raise female workers’ health awareness and access to health services, particularly concerning reproductive health. So far we have reached 675 women and 551 men in two tea gardens, with a variety of improvements in health awareness among the women, including 100% now able to name at least one family planning method (it was 30% before the project). Twinings is currently implementing HERhealth programmes that reach 6,000 women workers and farmers, and will significantly expand its programming to reach 40,000 new women

DateJuly 11, 2017

Mylan is a leading global generic and specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to setting new standards in health care and ensuring affordable access to high quality, life-saving medicines.  As a supplier of oral contraceptive pills, injectables, and a growing number of other methods, Mylan will strive to offer contraceptives to 25 million women and girls by 2020.  Mylan will further aim to registering its contraceptive portfolio to 80 percent of the 69 FP2020 countries, to ensure equitable access to women and girls across the globe. 

DateJuly 11, 2017

CARD-MRI, the largest microfinance institution in the Philippines, is committed to provide family planning education and information to at least 4 million women up to 2020. Under this campaign, CARD-MRI women-members will receive weekly 15-minute learning sessions on Modern Family Planning Methods through the Credit With Education (CWE) Program, supplemented with an SMS messaging campaign. Of these women who receive FP education and information, CARD-MRI commits to provide general medical services, wellness check-up, dental services and family planning counselling and services to 200,000 women each year, bringing to 800,000 the total number of women provided with actual services. This means that, with the average Filipino family size of 4, a total of 3.2 million Filipinos would have improved their lives through the health and family planning services that CARD-MRI will provide in the next four years.

CARD-MRI also intends to tap its own chain of pharmacies, called BotiCARDs, situated in major cities of the country to provide medicines and family planning commodities, including pills and condoms, to its clients at discounted prices.

Through CARD-MRI’s partnership with UNFPA, CARD-MRI commits its doctors and nurses for training on modern FP services. All 17 nurses deployed throughout the country will have been certified by government as trained for subdermal implant insertion.

As a microfinance institution, CARD-MRI commits to empowering women from the poorest sectors of Philippine society to become economically productive, enabling them to contribute towards increasing family income and enhancing socio-economic development of the country.

DateJuly 11, 2017

Shanghai Dahua is honored to join the global family planning community in support of the FP2020 goals of reaching 120 million more women and enabling their access to family planning methods by 2020. An old Chinese proverb proclaims that “women raise half the sky!” Thus, Shanghai Dahua has always been and continues to be fully committed to expanding access of high quality, effective and affordable contraceptives that meet the needs of women, including in hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations. Shanghai Dahua is proud to announce that its implant product, Levoplant, received World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification on June 20, 2017. We stand by our commitments to FP2020 countries:

  1. We will offer our WHO prequalified implant product, Levoplant , at lower prices of US$7.50 per unit for any orders of above 300,000 units and US$8.00 per unit for orders below 300,000 units;
  2. We will make WHO prequalified Levoplant widely available, by registering it in as many countries as possible;
  3. We will consider reducing Levoplant’s price even further, if significant volumes of Levoplant are procured (beyond 2M units per year).

We are grateful to the global family planning community for putting its trust in Shanghai Dahua.

Ghana - Policy & Political

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: 

Increase the number of women and girls using modern contraception from 1.5 million to 1.9 million by improved access to and availability of quality family planning services at all levels, expanded contraceptive method mix and increased demand. Reduce teenage pregnancy and child marriage

  • Revisit the national health insurance benefits package to include the clinical methods of FP services and supplies

2012: Ghana is committed to making family planning free in the public sector and supporting the private sector to provide services. Services will be available for sexually active young people through youth promoters and adolescent friendly services. Improved counseling and customer care will be prioritized.

Contraceptive choices are being expanded to include a wider range of long acting and permanent methods along with including task shifting options and improvement of post-partum and post-abortion family planning services. The government has put in place a comprehensive multi-sectorial program to increase demand for family planning as a priority intervention in the MDG 5 Acceleration Framework, including advocacy and communications to improve male involvement, such as the "Real Man" campaign.

In 2011, Ghana's Ministry of Health and its National Population Council have put in place an MDG 5 Acceleration Framework, also known as the MAF Plan. The country commits to revising its national health insurance benefits package to include FP services and supplies, which will make them free of charge everywhere.

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Lao PDR - Policy & Political

DateJuly 12, 2016

The Ministry of Health will undertake the revision of the Reproductive Health Policy to promote an enabling environment for family planning and to design services to support reproductive rights and to improve the sexual and reproductive health of men, women, and adolescents. The Lao 8th Five Year Plan also focuses on reproductive health and the government envisions the full delivery of family planning services in the private sector, including IUD and implant services in private clinics, through the adoption of supportive policies under the revision of Health Care Law. In addition, the government commits to developing an national information, education, and communication (IEC) and behavior change communication (BCC) strategy on family planning—based on the national communication IEC/BCC for health strategy.

Merck - Financial

DateNovember 12, 2015

Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, commits to extending access pricing for IMPLANON® and IMPLANON NXT®—its single-rod, long-acting, reversible contraceptive implants—in FP2020 focus countries for an additional five years through 2023.

This builds on Merck’s original announcement in May 2013 to reduce the cost of its implants by approximately 50 percent for six years, through 2018. 

Since May 2013, the number of IMPLANON® and IMPLANON NXT® implants provided in targeted countries has doubled, bringing greater choice to millions of women in some of the world’s poorest regions. Merck continues to work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other FP2020 partners in implementing the IMPLANON® Access Program.

Somalia - Program & Service Delivery

DateSeptember 15, 2015

The government of Somalia commits to strengthening reproductive health commodity security by developing and implementing a strategy and action plan. In addition, Somalia pledges to establish a coordinated supply chain mechanism to ensure continuous availability of high-quality contraceptives and other essential reproductive and maternal health commodities. Furthermore, the government plans to increase institutional and workforce capacity in supply chain management and ensure the reproductive health supply chain is integrated with the emerging national health sector commodity supply chain.

The government also commits to expanding community-based family planning by strengthening linkages between health facilities and the community; integrating community reproductive health outreach interventions; improving the quality of services provided by community health workers; and strengthening referral systems. Madagascar also pledges to increase advocacy about family planning among communities, adolescents and young people, men and religious leaders and commits to strengthening coordination, commitment and collaboration between the public and private sector to improve reproductive health services, training, supplies, equipment and commodities.

Somalia - Policy & Political

DateSeptember 15, 2015

The government of Somalia commits to addressing barriers to accessing reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health services—with a particular focus on the most vulnerable populations—by implementing the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa and the Acceleration Plan on Mother and Child Health. Somalia also pledges to develop a regulatory framework to enhance collaboration between the public and private sectors.