The London Family Planning conference in 2012 and the pledges that came out of it have helped focus the minds of leaders around the world on the need for increased funding for family planning.
As FP2020 issues its interim report, IPPF is proud to support this initiative with a very substantial contribution of its own – through advocacy, expansion in services, its partnerships, and through convening other Civil Society Organizations. Our briefing paper, 'Taking ownership and driving progress' , outlines our successes so far.
As the largest Civil Society Organization provider of family planning, we are on course to increase our couple years of protection from 8.9m in 2010 to 26.7m in 2020 – that’s an extra 1.7m a year.
In 2013 we averted five million unintended pregnancies and 580,000 unsafe abortions. In the same year in FP2020 countries we reached 7.3m new users of family planning and 3.7m users under 24 years old.
We also launched a partnership with UNFPA to accelerate country programme impact to deliver on the pledges to achieve the FP2020 target of 120 million additional users. With UNFPA, we have identified 16 countries all with low contraceptive prevalence rates and considerable unmet need for family planning.
This partnership is already having considerable impact – for example in 2013 in Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, DRC, Kenya, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and South Sudan our Member Associations (MA) provided a total of 22m family planning services – up from 15m in 2012.
National highlights also include IPPF’s Member Association (MA) in DRC – Association de Bien-Etre Familial Naissances Desirables – engaged the support of other national organizations and networks to persuade the government to make a commitment to procuring contraceptives and persuade it to take responsibility for the country’s contraceptive security.
In Ghana our MA, The Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana, played a very active role in making contraception free in the public sector.
And in Malawi, one of the government’s financial commitments was to add a line for contraceptives in the national budget. IPPF MA Family Planning Association of Malawi advocated to ensure the delivery of this pledge.
We have also been generating regional political support for FP2020 goals. In 2014 IPPF supported the inaugural BRICS seminar of officials and experts working on population matters, mobilizing CSOs to advocate for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.
In June 2013 the outcome document for the Tokyo International Conference on Africa (TICAD) included support for reproductive health and family planning after IPPF mobilized civil society.
And IPPF worked with the African Union to include SRHR language in the Common Africa Position (CAP) including “universal access to comprehensive sexual reproductive health and reproductive rights”.
Also in 2013 we contributed to 97 legal or policy changes for sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world.
IPPF MAs in 49 of the 60 FP2020 Focus Countries are engaged on their national Contraceptive Co-ordinating Committees.
IPPF has helped empower civil society advocacy and work on accountability for reproductive health on the Every Newborn Action Plan, BRICS summit, at CSW, CPD, the World Bank, the MNCH summit in Canada, WHO campaign for SRH, at the post-2015 Open Working Group and the PMNCH Partner’s Forum among other events.
And we have been working in partnership with Advance Family Planning and the African Women Leaders’ Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning.
IPPF works with leading European NGOs to increase European donor Official Development Assistance for reproductive health and family planning through the Countdown 2015 Europe Consortium.
And, thanks to a Cooperative Agreement with USAID worth up to US$72m, we are able to strengthen our systems ensuring we continue to deliver an integrated and holistic range of Sexual and Reproductive Health information, services and supplies.
This investment has the goal of increasing access to and use of high quality, affordable family planning and other health information, products and services by strengthening IPPF and our MAs and their partners.
These are some of the projections for FP scale-up:
- Cumulative number of FP serviced delivered by IPPF in 25 countries over the 2014-2018 period is projected to be 270.7m
- Cumulative number of FP serviced delivered by IPPF in the 8 focus countries over the 2014-2018 period is projected to be 176.5m
- Cumulative number of new users to contraception served by IPPF in 25 countries over the 2014-2018 period is projected to be 37.7m
- Cumulative number of new users to contraception served by IPPF in 8 countries over the 2014-2018 period is projected to be 23.5m
More details are available in our full briefing paper, 'Taking ownership and driving progress'.
*The dataset is 25 MAs in USAID Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) priority countries—Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia—plus Togo.
**The dataset is the 8 focus countries where SIFPO2 core funds will be dedicated-Afghanistan, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Togo and Uganda.