Commitments, Progress & Transparency

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Madagascar - Objective

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2015:Madagascar commits to increasing the contraceptive prevalence rate to 50 percent and decreasing by half the unmet need for family planning to 9 percent by 2020.

Rwanda - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2012:Rwanda will ensure the availability of family planning services in each of the 14,841 Rwanda administrative villages (Imidugudu) through delivery by the 45,000 community health workers already in service. There are also plans to expand existing family planning communications programs to raise awareness of family planning choices. Focusing on convenience and reducing the frequency of visits to health providers, the Government of Rwanda will introduce long-lasting contraceptive methods, including permanent ones and high quality integrated family planning services in every hospital and health center.

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PATH - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2017

PATH seeks to improve the agency of women and girls to exercise their rights and make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. One way we further this goal is by developing, introducing, and scaling up high-quality, woman-centered, innovative contraceptive methods, especially in places with high unmet need.   

In support of FP2020, PATH commits to expand the contraceptive method mix in 8-12 countries by 2020. We will collaborate with country governments and implementing partners to accelerate introduction and scale-up of new contraceptives as part of a broad method mix; to strengthen health systems and improve contraceptive access and choice through a range of service delivery channels that are convenient for women and girls—including community-based distribution, private retail outlets, and self-initiated options; and to help build enabling environments and sustainable markets for family planning products.

PATH also commits to improve information-sharing, exchange of experience and lessons learned, and identification of best practices on contraceptive introduction and scale-up by 2020. Specifically, we will establish a dedicated global platform to convene partners with expertise and interest in country-level introduction and scale-up of new reproductive health technologies, and facilitate the documentation and dissemination of relevant data, resources, and learning.    

PATH’s commitment will focus on 8-12 FP2020 countries and involve collaboration with partners in those countries. This commitment will involve a dynamic list of countries over the three years; illustrative examples of countries, contingent on their interest and other factors, include Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia.

Hewlett Foundation - Policy & Political

DateJuly 11, 2012

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will support an effort to develop and cost out options for an external accountability mechanism around the financial and political commitments made at the London Summit on Family Planning. The Hewlett Foundation also will intensify engagement in the Ouagadougou Partnership and its focus on accelerating access to family planning services in Francophone West Africa with the Gates Foundation, USAID, and the French Government.  

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World Health Organization (WHO) - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2012

WHO commits to expanding choice and method mix through contraceptive research and development and assessment of the safety and efficacy of new and existing methods. In addition, it commits to scaling up the availability of high-quality contraceptive commodities through product prequalification and Expert Review Panel (ERP) fast-track mechanisms. WHO will work to synthesize and disseminate evidence on effective family planning delivery models and actions to inform policies, address barriers and strengthen programs. In the context of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health, WHO will work with countries with the highest levels of unmet needs to examine inequalities and vulnerabilities and reasons for the unmet need. 

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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.