Leaders to Call for ‘Full Access, Full Choice’ at the International Conference on Family Planning

12-15 NOVEMBER 2013 | ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

Five countries announce landmark family planning pledges

13 November 2013 | Addis Ababa- At the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), five governments – Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Mauritania and Myanmar – announced major new national family planning pledges.

The new national family planning pledges announced at ICFP 2013 focus on policy, financial and service delivery commitments that are critical to increasing access for more women and girls. These include:

  • In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the government will use domestic resources for the first time to purchase contraceptives.
  • In Guinea, funds will be used to recruit thousands of health workers who can deliver family planning in rural areas, as has proven successful in other countries like Ethiopia.
  • Myanmar will implement a monitoring system to strengthen quality of care and ensure women have a full range of contraceptive options.
  • Beginning in 2014, the government of Mauritania will commit to allocating health commodity security funds for family planning and, along with its partners, commit to mobilizing additional resources for the implementation of its national family planning action plan.
  • By 2015, Benin will ensure that modern methods of contraceptives are available without cost and that reproductive health training is provided for adolescents and youth.

Countries currently make up one-third of the more than 70 commitment-makers to FP2020. Progress is being led by national governments, in collaboration with civil society organizations, service providers, advocates, industry leaders and experts. One-quarter of FP2020 commitment-making countries have launched detailed, costed national family planning plans. One-third of commitment-making countries have increased their national budget allocations for family planning services or supplies.

According to Valerie DeFillipo, Director, FP2020 “Donor governments are supporting what they know to be true: giving women and girls access to lifesaving contraceptives allows them to create opportunities to improve their own futures and those of their families, communities and countries. This is the singular truth that propels FP2020 forward,”

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