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Democratic Republic of Congo - Program & Service Delivery

DateNovember 12, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2013:The Democratic Republic of Congo commits to executing on the national strategic plan for family planning for 2014-2020. The government also commits to protecting adolescent girls from early marriage through education, awareness raising, social integration, and women’s empowerment programs.

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Guinea - Policy & Political

DateJuly 12, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2013:The Government of Guinea commits to finalizing and disseminating the national plan for accelerating progress on family planning by Dec. 31, 2013. It also commits to strengthening institutional instruments to establish policies and structures that effectively accelerate progress on family planning. The government commits to elaborating and disseminating legislation on reproductive health. In particular, Guinea commits to institutionalizing the National Campaign for Family Planning Services and elevating the institutional standing of family planning by creating a Family Planning Division within the National Directorate for Family Health and Nutrition. The government also pledges to enforce by 2018 the legal marriage age of 18 years old in accordance with the Children’s Code.

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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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Bangladesh - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: 

  • Bangladesh will increase its commitment for postpartum family planning by fully implementing its National Postpartum Family Planning Action Plan by training doctors, midwives, nurses and, in part by placing Family Welfare Visitors in each of the 64 district hospitals.
  • Bangladesh will introduce a regional service package on family planning in Chittagong, Sylhet and Barisal divisions for hard to reach populations.
  • Bangladesh commits to deploy at least two qualified diploma midwives in each of the Upazila Health Complexes to provide midwife-led continuum of quality reproductive health care by 2021. Midwives will be trained to provide widest range of family planning methods included in their agreed scope of practice in country. Midwives will be trained to provide greater attention to first time young mothers.
  • Bangladesh will scale up quality improvement measures in family planning programs by establishing Family Planning Clinical Supervision Teams (FPCST) in each of the 64 districts.
  • Bangladesh commits to providing free and adequate contraceptives to NGOs, private clinics and hospitals and garment factory clinics with trained FP personnel.
  • Bangladesh will use technology and programme delivery innovations in family planning
    • In capacity development by providing tablets to field workers including an e-Toolkit and develop eLearning courses and empower them with ICT knowledge and skills
    • In programme delivery by working with marriage registrars to reach newlywed couples with family planning messages and organizing family planning client fairs in hard-to-reach areas.
    • Family planning messages, counselling and advice will also be provided through the national 24/7 call center of the Director General of Health Services.
  • Bangladesh will include a service provider with reproductive health skills within its rapid response teams and mainstream the minimum initial service package (MISP) for reproductive health in crisis into its emergency response.

2012: The Government of Bangladesh commits to increasing adolescent-friendly sexual and reproductive health and family planning services, providing adolescent sexual and reproductive health services at one-third of maternal newborn and child health centers. Bangladesh will monitor to ensure quality of care is strengthened, including informed consent and choice and to support women to continue use of family planning methods. The government will work with the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to: address the needs of young people, especially young couples; reduce regional disparities, working with leaders and communities to delay early marriage and child birth; and increase male involvement. It will also increase training and workforce development. Bangladesh commits to adopting innovative service delivery approaches, like behavior change and information and communications technology. The government also commits to improving choice and availability of Long Acting and Permanent Methods (LaPMs), including for men, and post-partum and post-abortion services.

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Malawi - Policy & Political

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017: Malawi commits to ensure universal access to, and coverage of, sexual reproductive health and rights information and services with specific focus to all adolescent and young people through promoting wider method mix choice and LARCS with the goal of “no parenthood before adulthood,” and in the spirit of the SGDs “leaving no-one behind.” Specifically, the Ministry of Health will:

  • Implement the newly constituted WHO guidelines on youth contraceptives and align national policies/guidelines to allow increased access to Family planning commodities by 2030.
  • Execute fully the YFHS strategy as a guiding document to ensure multi-sectoral participation and accountability of stakeholders for improved access to SRH including contraceptives amongst sexually active young people 10-24 years.

Malawi is further committed to reducing teenage age pregnancies by 5% per annum until 2030 in line with HSSP II set targets (2017 -2021). This will be done through ending child and early forced marriages and ensuring that girls complete their secondary education to safeguard young people in anticipating better youth participation necessary for harnessing the Demographic Dividend. To address the relatively high rate of child marriages and expectations of the first child is high, the Ministry of Health commits to:

  • To work closely with line Ministries – e.g. Gender, Youth, Education; MPs, religious leaders, civil society, private sector, and the media to reinforce implementation of the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act and the value of the girl child, the importance of keeping girls in school through public dialogue with traditional leaders, parents and other stakeholders to address the root causes of child, early and forced marriage in the hopes of ENDING child and early forced marriages by 2030.


To address inadequate integration of information on FP modern methods in CSE and public media, the government commits to:

  • Integrate information on modern contraceptive in CSE and lobby for CSE in both public and private primary, secondary school and all tertiary institutions including knowledge and attitude improvements, use of mass media; social media to reach-out more young people in workplaces and communities.
  • Harmonize the in-and out of school CSE curricula for standardised implementation by all stakeholders and certainty of standardized messaging going out to youth in all sectors.


To support meaningful participation of young people in coordination and implementation of SRH/FP/YFHS, the government commits to:

  • Strengthen capacity of SRH leaders from youth clubs, and youth- led organisations to participate in planning implementation and coordination of YFHS services from 100 to 200 youth leaders.
  • Advocate with young people, guardians, teachers, and communities to develop positive attitude towards YFHS.

2012: Malawi will attempt to raise the legal age for marriage to 18 by 2014 and strengthen policy leadership by elevating the Reproductive Health Unit to a full Directorate. Malawi also committed to approving the National Population Policy by Dec. 31, 2012.

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Pathfinder International - Program & Service Delivery

DateNovember 15, 2015

Nov. 15, 2015: In 2015, Pathfinder International renewed its FP2020 commitment with a pledge to expand sexual and reproductive health services to 25 million youth in developing countries by 2020. 

July 11, 2012: Pathfinder will initiate new work with communities to prevent early marriage in two countries in Francophone West Africa and work with partners to deliver family planning as a package of comprehensive reproductive health care, livelihood and environmental conservation activities in remote areas of Western Tanzania. 

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DateJuly 11, 2012

ICRW commits to expanding the evidence base on the importance of addressing socio-cultural barriers—including intimate partner violence, stigma and partner involvement—when striving to meet women’s demand for reproductive control and use of family planning services. ICRW will expand the evidence base linking women’s social and economic empowerment to family planning and sexual and reproductive health.

ICRW will also produce new evidence related to adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights and strengthen the connection between adolescent girls’ education and sexual and reproductive health outcomes, including delayed marriage and childbearing. This new evidence will help inform the design of family planning and sexual and reproductive health programs and services delivered through governments, the private sector and civil society. In addition, ICRW will develop and validate metrics to improve its understanding of the benefits that education brings to women’s access to and correct use of family planning. 

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