The Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative has received $34.7 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to boost and extend its family planning advocacy efforts. AFP’s lead coordinating partner is The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. AFP comprises nearly 20 local and international non-governmental organizations in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
The grant will support efforts to make quality, voluntary family planning easier to access for women and girls around the world. It brings total donor support for the initiative to $96.6 million since 2009 and extends it through 2022.
At a landmark summit in 2012, the global community committed to expand family planning access to an additional 120 million women and girls by 2020, launching the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) partnership. Since then, AFP advocacy has prompted national and subnational governments and corporations to budget $44 million for family planning, often for the first time. It has also enabled 260 policy improvements that expand contraceptive access and choice.
“For nine years, Advance Family Planning has been a positive force for change by inspiring advocates, champions, and collaborators to protect and promote reproductive health,” said Dr. Cynthia Minkovitz, Chair of the Population, Family and Reproductive Health Department at the Bloomberg School. “It will be exciting to see what the future holds.”
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