New analysis shows better family planning can break the cycle of poverty, drive new economic growth, and improve the health of a country’s citizens
FP2020 is excited to connect with the global family planning community during the ICFP conference. We will launch our annual report, FP2020: Catalyzing Collaboration 2017-2018 during the ICFP opening ceremony on November 12th. Join us at booth 17 to connect with technical experts, meet members of the FP2020 Reference Group, and play the Family Planning Data Game for a chance to win a prize.
We hope you'll also join one of our many events:
On March 12-15, 2018 a regional workshop of FP2020 focal points was held in Yaoundé, Cameroon. More than twenty civil society organizations (CSOs) convened to exchange ideas around key issues related to family planning in Cameroon, while also presenting an opportunity for CSOs to reflect on what they have accomplished. Over 60 people attended from civil society organizations, youth networks and associations, the FP2020 Secretariat, Ministry of Public Health, USAID, and UNFPA.
Issue: Adolescent and youth participation has become increasingly recognized as key to decision-making across ministries, government departments and CSOs charged with developing national policies related to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). However, Uganda’s SRHR policy environment presented increasing opposition to adolescent SRHR.
Youth centers, peer education, and one-off public meetings have generally been ineffective in facilitating young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, changing their behaviors, or influencing social norms around adolescent SRH. Approaches that have been found to be effective when well implemented, such as comprehensive sexuality education and youth-friendly services, have tended to flounder as they have considerable implementation requirements that are seldom met.
Throughout developing regions, many adolescent women struggle to get the sexual and reproductive health information and services they need, according to a new Guttmacher report that analyzes national health surveys and published research findings from 70 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The report’s release comes just in time for International Youth Day (Aug. 12), which aims to bring global attention to young people’s most pressing concerns and increase youth involvement in decisions that affect their lives.
May 2015 — FHI 360 co-hosted a one-day symposium in May 2015 that focused on how long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) can improve the health and well-being of young women. LARCs, which include contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs), are often overlooked as options for young women. The symposium was supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development; was co-hosted by PSI, Pathfinder and its Evidence2Action Project, and Marie Stopes International; and convened more than 100 experts from around the world.
E2A focuses its youth work on programs that are uniquely designed to reach and serve diverse young populations. One of those populations is first-time parents—young married mothers under the age of 25 and their partners, who have one child—a group that has largely been neglected by sexual and reproductive health programs to date.