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Uganda - Program & Service Delivery

DateOctober 28, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2012:Uganda will partner with appropriate private sector bodies and institutions for the integration of maternal health, reproductive health, family planning, and HIV&AIDS information and services for their employees and families and strengthen institutional capacity of public and community-based service delivery points to increase choice and quality of care at all levels (through staff recruitment, training, motivation and equipment).

Uganda will support the development and professionalization of midwifery through skills training, good employment practices, and the involvement of midwives in policy dialogue and health management. The Government of Uganda will continue investing in midwifery career promotion and the bonded midwifery scholarship programs. A road-map to finance, train, recruit, retain, and manage performance of skilled human resources for health will be developed.

Uganda commits to rolling out youth friendly services in all Government Health Centre IVs and District Hospitals; Strengthening the technical and institutional functionality of Uganda Health Marketing Group and National Medical Store in a dual public-private reproductive health supplies distribution system; and continuing to support the public-private arrangement for increased access to family planning services. Uganda plans to scale up partnerships with CSOs and private sector entities for family planning outreach and community-based services to target hard to reach communities, and to invest in social marketing and social franchising approaches to ensure access to family planning. 

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Madagascar - Policy & Political

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2015:The government of Madagascar pledges to revise all executive and legislative documents to support an enabling environment for family planning and to effectively enforce all family planning and marriage-related laws. The government also commits to strengthening partnership and public and private multisectoral engagement in cooperation with all ministries.

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Spark Minda - Financial

DateJuly 11, 2017

Spark Minda, a major Indian automobile component manufacturer, has allocated 402,500 Indian rupees (US $6,198) for family planning and 700,000 rupees ($10,780) for menstrual hygiene per year till 2020 from CSR Budget for conducting sensitization workshops on family planning and reproductive health and menstrual hygiene services. The workshops will engage 1,000 people (500 women and 500 men) per year until 2020, reaching 3000 people from the communities surrounding the corporation’s manufacturing units and vocational training centers in the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh. Sensitization workshops inform participants about family planning method choices, their effectiveness, and the myths and misconceptions related to each method. Participants will also learn about the nearest public health facilities offering family planning services.

Senegal - Financial

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2012:Senegal commits to increasing the yearly budget allocation to reproductive health from 2.5 percent to 5 percent; increasing budget allocation for contraceptive commodities by 200 percent; and increasing the budget for management of the family planning program by 100 percent. In addition, Senegal has plans to mobilize increased donor and private sector financing for family planning and to put in place coordination mechanisms to improve engagement with donors and for optimized fund allocation.

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Senegal - Policy & Political

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2012:Senegal launched a national plan for family planning in November 2012. Within the Ministry of Health, Senegal plans to make Reproductive Health Division a Directorate and create a Family Planning Division. Senegal will allocate additional financial and human resources to the Reproductive Health Division to ensure the execution and monitoring of the national plan; ensure accountability at highest level and regular monitoring of the national plan and its performance indicators; introduce an advocacy program to increase financing; and improve the regulatory framework to reinforce the private sector, and strengthen the public sector.

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Burkina Faso - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2012:Burkina Faso will define and develop strategies for engaging men; will support innovation by studying a pilot introduction of Depo-subQ in Uniject; will establish regular and active monitoring of the availability of contraceptive commodities at all levels; and will rigorously measure and evaluate the national action plan implementation to ensure targets are met. It will also seek to boost partnerships with the private sector and civil society organizations for service provision.

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Sierra Leone - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2012:Sierra Leone will engage private sector providers and strengthen human resources for health in order to scale up family planning services and community outreach to marginalized populations, including young people. Other commitments include piloting voucher schemes to increase access for the poor, and partnering with CSOs for family planning advocacy and monitoring availability and access to voluntary family planning. 

Benin - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2017

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2012: The Government of Benin will increase collaboration with the private sector within the family planning framework and will leverage community networks to ensure the availability and accessibility of contraceptive products throughout the country. In addition, Benin commits to ensuring that reproductive health training is provided for adolescents and youth and that communication on family planning is strengthened, especially for women who have expressed an unmet need, adolescents, and youth.

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Tanzania - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2012:Additionally, the government will execute a FP2020 Action Plan (2013-2015) to address regional disparities and inequalities through training, capacity-building, community-based services, and interventions targeting young people and post-partum women, with a particular focus on the Lake and Western Zones. Through public-private partnerships and training for service providers and local staff, the government will improve contraceptive commodity security, logistics systems, and method mix. Strategic communications will be used to address barriers to family planning use, through a country-wide campaign carried out at the national and sub-national level.

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Nepal - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2015: The government of Nepal pledges to broaden the range of modern contraceptives available and improve method mix at different levels of the health care system. Nepal commits to engage in a range of communications and media activities to raise awareness of family planning among populations with a high unmet need for modern contraception, focusing particularly on adolescents and young people. Nepal will expand service delivery points to increase access to quality family planning information and services and facilitate family planning by strengthening delivery networks. The government pledges to support mobilizing resources from other, non-health sectors. Nepal commits to strengthening the evidence base for effective program implementation through research and innovation.

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Togo - Policy & Political

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2014:Togo commits to disseminating the national plan for repositioning family planning by June 30, 2015. In particular, the Government of Togo pledges to develop and adopt the implementing texts of the reproductive health law by December 31, 2014 and to disseminate the reproductive health law and its implementing texts by June 30, 2015.

The government also commits to developing a contractual arrangement strategy with the private sector for offering family planning services, and to scaling up best practices in reproductive health/family planning.

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Malawi - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: The Government of Malawi specifically commits to addressing rapid population growth, high fertility rates, and low uptake of LARCs by:

  • Scaling up delivery of integrated adolescent and YFHS in public, private health facilities from 33% to 70%, with adequate services for SRHR with emphasis to increased method mix to adolescents and young people including internally displaced persons during humanitarian crisis.
  • Ensuring focal points in emergency cluster/teams for improved coordination
  • Procuring and strategically pre-positioning RH kits through numbers utilised by the Women of child bearing age.
  • Generating in-country evidence on cause and effect of Depo-Provera for women living with HIV as this may affect future programming and fertility.
  • Design a task shifting service delivery model with all short acting methods (promoting method mix) to reach out to more young people.
  • Mobilize resources to support SRHR outreach services for hard to reach adolescents through advocacy.

Increase the percentage of accredited YFHS facilities that meet at least the 5 minimum standards from 37% to 60% by 2020.

2012: Malawi will develop a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health program for young people starting FY 2013-14. The Malawi government plans to increase coverage of services through the expansion of public/private partnerships, starting FY2013-14. They also plan to increase community participation in family planning services through initiatives like the Traditional Chiefs Committee and to strengthen forecasting and data management for effective supply chain operation.

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Pakistan - Financial

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2012: Annual public spending for family planning services for 2011-2012 was US $151 million. Pakistan will increase this to $197.7 million in 2012-2013, with further increases annually to ensure universal access by 2020.

The private sector share is $40.8 million. Greenstar Social Marketing, Family Planning Association Pakistan, and Marie Stopes International provide the main share of private sector family planning services.

2011-2012 spending on family planning was $1.21 per capita (public sector share: $0.84; private sector share: $0.37). In 2012-2013, the public sector share will increase to $1.07 per capital (total: $1.55 per capita). The goal is to reach $2.50 per capita by 2020.

Contraceptive requirements for both Government and Greenstar social marketing are covered by USAID until 2014. Subsequently, the government will need to import approximately $13 million worth of contraceptives yearly. This number will increase to $35 million annually by 2020, as we reach CPR 55 percent. The 2013-2020 resource gap for contraceptive commodities is $186 million.

The provinces are currently developing medium term budgetary frameworks, aligned with health sector strategy, to ensure financing of programs including family planning. The next step is to have a specified line item for family planning in their health budgets. Provinces will raise additional resources to increase access to quality services by training staff in client centered services and ensuring the availability of contraceptive supplies.

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Nigeria - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment summary here

2014:Nigeria commits to train at least 3,700 community health workers (CHWs) to deliver the range of contraceptives, particularly long-acting and reversible methods (LARMs) and support task shifting so CHWs in rural areas can provide multiple methods.

Nigeria plans to focus on education, especially education of girls, and build on the impact of market interventions. The Nigerian Government will improve the supply of contraceptives in the country through stimulating the private sector; lowering the price of contraceptives through removal of import duties and other regulatory barriers; and strengthening the in-country logistics system that ensures commodity availability at the facility level. On the demand side, Nigeria will increase awareness and demand for family planning services.

Finally, Nigeria will use social marketing to mitigate socio-cultural barriers such as preference for large families, religious restrictions, and women's lack of decision-making power. 

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Myanmar - Policy & Political

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2013: Myanmar aims to strengthen the policy of providing clinical contraceptive methods by trained/skilled nurses, midwives and volunteers through better collaboration among multi-stakeholders within the context of Nay Pyi Taw Accord. The Government of Myanmar also pledges to implement people-centered policies to address regional disparity and inequity between urban and rural and rich and poor populations. In addition, Myanmar commits to expanding the forum of family planning under the umbrella of the Health Sector Coordinating Committee and to creating an Executive Working Group on Family Planning as a branch of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Technical Strategic Group.

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Mozambique - Financial

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2014:Mozambique will use the budget line for family planning in the Ministry of Health budget to procure contraceptive supplies, and will cover 5 percent (2012), 10 percent (2015), and 15 percent (2020) of contraceptive needs in the federal budget. The Government plans to secure additional funding needed to implement the national Family Planning and Contraceptives Strategy by 2015 through partnerships with the private sector and donors to cover the current funding gap of $15 million.

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Mauritania - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2013:Mauritania’s national action plan on family planning was developed in 2013 through a participatory and inclusive process and outlines Mauritania’s priorities for family planning and creates a framework for partnership and resource mobilization. Mauritania commits to implement the plan for the period of 2014-2018.

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Mali - Financial

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2015:The Government of Mali commits to substantially and regularly increasing—by 5% per year—the share of the state budget allotted for the purchase of contraceptives. Mali also pledges to improve the mobilization of state resources and partners assigned to reproductive health and family planning activities, in particular, and health, in general, in accordance with the Abuja target (10%). The government also commits to diversifying the sources of financing for reproductive health and family planning activities by especially mobilizing the private sector.

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Mali - Policy & Political

DateJuly 11, 2017

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2015:The government commits to disseminating the reproductive health law developed in 2002 and to engage in advocacy at the highest levels of the State, including with the Head of State, First Lady, Prime Minister, organization presidents, ministries and religious and traditional community leaders, in support of reproductive health and family planning as a development priority. Mali also pledges to strengthen the partnership with stakeholders, such as the private sector, public corporations and professional organizations, in the implementation of the National Family Planning Action Plan as well as improve transparency and accountability relating to business mechanisms.

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Liberia - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2017

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2012:In addition to public-sector facilities, the private medical sector also provides family planning services. In Liberia, this includes the Planned Parenthood Association, faith-based health institutions, private hospitals and clinics, pharmacies, private doctors, and private donors.

The following objectives are included in the Liberian national reproductive health strategy:

  1. Expand availability, access to, and choices of safe, effective, acceptable, and affordable contraceptive methods by using integrated approaches at both facility and community levels to minimize missed opportunities.
  2. Increase the number and capacity of health workers at the facility and community level to deliver safe, effective, and acceptable family planning services.
  3. Strength the contraceptive commodity supply chain to ensure adequate supply at all levels of facility- and community-based services.
  4. Strengthen key systems and infrastructure, including management, monitoring, evaluation, and supervision to support family planning services at the facility and community levels.
  5. Strengthen and expand family planning through the private sector, including NGOs, faith-based organizations, social marketing, the commercial sector, private clinics, and pharmacies.
  6. Engage in advocacy and increase demand for and utilization of family planning and reproductive health services in order to decrease unmet need for family planning and increase the CPR.
  7. Improve the health system's capacity to increase utilization of family planning and RH services among underserved and/or vulnerable populations, including adolescents, young adults, victims of sexual exploitation, rape survivors, refugees, and men.

 

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.

Cameroon - Financial

DateNovember 25, 2014

Cameroon commits to conducting advocacy to increase the State‘s budgetary allocation for reproductive health to 5 percent per year by 2020 and for family planning to 5 percent per year by 2020 and to mobilizing donors, including the private sector and civil society, to finance family planning.

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Population Council - Program & Service Delivery

DateSeptember 28, 2014

The Population Council will promote reproductive rights to reduce inequalities in access to and use of reproductive health services related to wealth, age and gender; strengthen health systems so that contraception can be provided through a range of health services; develop and test the effectiveness, safety and acceptability of new reproductive health technologies designed to benefit women and men in developing countries; and engage pharmaceutical companies to license, register and/or manufacture technologies developed by the Population Council to expand choice in developing country markets.

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Burundi - Financial

DateJune 23, 2014

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2012:Burundi also commits to increase the budget line allocations for reproductive health and family planning and to increase donor and private-sector financing for family planning. In addition, the government pledges to increase the annual government allocation for contraceptives to 10 percent each year from 2015 to 2020. 

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Burundi - Policy & Political

DateJune 23, 2014

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2012:In addition to repositioning family planning, Burundi commits to exploring the possibilities of integrating population, health, and environment objectives into a single approach with a vision of improving family planning. The government also pledges to establish coordination mechanisms to improve the financial and active engagement by donors and an optimized fund allocation. In particular, it seeks to create a national population board to coordinate all activities related to family planning, population, and development. The government also pledges to improve the regulatory framework to improve public-private partnerships and expand family planning service points.

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Mozambique - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2012

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2014:Mozambique will revitalize family planning information, services, and outreach for youth, build public-private partnerships to improve the distribution of contraceptive commodities, and increase the number of health facilities offering at least three contraceptive methods from one-third to 50 percent by 2015. Efforts will be put forth to train at least 500 health providers to provide post-partum and post-abortion counseling on family planning and contraception by 2015.

Additionally, the Government of Mozambique will stimulate an increase in demand of family planning services, by expanding the provision of information and family planning services in rural and peri-urban communities. It will do this by promoting community based distribution of contraceptives and the participation and involvement of communities, health agents, traditional midwives, non-governmental organizations, and mobile clinics. Mozambique, in particular, will intensify community involvement at local levels through engaging religious leaders and community leaders in educating and advocating for various methods of family planning.

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DateJuly 11, 2012

Merck for Mothers is a 10-year, $500 million initiative focused on creating a world where no woman dies giving life. Merck for Mothers commits US $25 million over eight years. Merck's funding will be directed toward increasing awareness of and education about family planning services among women and girls in resource-limited settings; improving the supply chain for quality family planning resources and services to improve maternal health; and working with governments, the private sector, civil society and local health providers to increase support and access to family planning services.

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DateJuly 11, 2012

IPPF commits to generating support for sexual and reproductive health and rights from regional bodies, the Oil Rich States, the G20, BRICS and emerging economies, advocate to the pharmaceutical industry for affordable pricing for contraceptives and raise awareness and change the attitudes of community, political and public opinion leaders to support sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.

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India - Policy & Political

DateJuly 11, 2012

India will include family planning as a central element of its efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage. Through the largest public health program in the world, the National Rural Health Mission and the upcoming National Urban Health Mission, addressing equity, ensuring quality, including adolescents and integration into the continuum of care are slated to be the cornerstones of the new strategy. The centre-piece of its strategy on family planning will be a shift from limiting to spacing methods, and an expansion of choice of methods, especially intrauterine devices.

India commits to continuing to develop indigenous public and private sector capacity to manufacture the entire range of family planning commodities for domestic use and for export. The country will provide family planning services and supplies free of cost to 200 million couples and 234 million adolescents, utilizing the extensive public health network in collaboration with civil society organizations and the private sector. India will strengthen health systems including creation of physical infrastructure, augmentation of human resources at all levels, assured drugs, supplies and logistics, mobile medical units to take health services to remotest areas and increased attention to social determinants of health.

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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

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

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

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.

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