The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has received an $18 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to sustain and expand the Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative. The grant will strengthen AFP’s advocacy efforts to make quality, voluntary family planning more accessible for women and girls around the world.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins is the lead coordinating partner for AFP, which comprises more than 20 organizations in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
The new funds will supplement advocacy efforts within nine countries (Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda) and will support expansion into one additional country, Bangladesh. It brings total funding to $46 million and extends the initiative through 2018.
An estimated 225 million women—mostly from the world’s poorest countries—want to avoid pregnancy but are not using an effective contraceptive method. In 2012, the global community committed to expanding family planning access to an additional 120 million women and girls by 2020, launching the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) partnership.