Nigeria, UNFPA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, others make commitments at Family Planning 2030 New Decade launch

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At a global gathering marking the launch of the new decade of the Family Planning 2030 (FP2030) partnership, leaders from across the family planning and global health fields pledged major new commitments towards ensuring that every woman and girl across the world has access to life-saving family planning services.

 

FP2030, a global partnership that supports the reproductive rights of women and girls, convened the event where more than US$3.1bn in funding was committed towards widening access to family planning over the next five years.

 

Major commitments came from organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Fòs Feminista.

National government commitments were also celebrated, with countries including Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda sharing their inspiring pledges towards sustaining global action in family planning. Some of the key commitments made were:

 

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation committed US$8.5 million over two years to fund the FP2030 Support Network, part of their larger commitment of US$1.4 billion committed over five years to expand the use of family planning.

 

These funds will be used to support a large network of partners, as well as the development of contraceptive technologies and innovative strategies to inform and empower women and girls.

UNFPA committed to allocate US$1.7 billion over four years to increasing access to family planning. They will directly support the FP2030 partnership by designating focal points within all commitment making program countries, as well as designating staff to serve on FP2030’s governing board.

Burkina Faso committed to guarantee the availability and accessibility of quality reproductive health information and services adapted to the needs of adolescents and youth in 100% of public health facilities by 2025. They will also increase the budget line for purchasing commodities by 10% each year from 2022 to 2025.

By 2030, the Ethiopian government pledges to proportionally increase financing for family planning services by continuing to earmark funds from its treasury and SDG pool fund; and track the financing for family planning using the Ethiopian National Health Account. In addition, the government of Ethiopia commits to reducing teenage pregnancy among adolescent girls from 12.5% to 7% by 2025 and 3% by 2030.

Guinea made a commitment to substantially increase the availability, quality, and affordability of family planning services with a goal to ensure family planning availability in 90% of public service delivery points by 2023.

Kenya pledged to increase its modern contraceptive prevalence rate for married women from 58% to 64% by 2030, and reduce unmet need for family planning for all women from 14% to 10% by 2030

Nigeria committed to strengthen the integration of family planning into Nigeria’s socio-economic development frameworks and plans as a key facilitator of Human Capital Development and Universal Health Coverage to achieve Demographic Dividend, whilst also improving financing for family planning by allocating a minimum of 1% of the National and State Health budgets annually (equivalent to N4.7 Billion and N6.9 Billion respectively) to increase financing for family planning by 2030

Tanzania committed to reduce the teenage pregnancy rate in Tanzania from 27% to 20% by 2025, increase the modern contraceptive prevalence rate for all women from 32% in 2019 to 47% by 2030, and increase domestic resources to finance family planning commodities by at least 10% annually by 2030 – and have those funds be fully disbursed.

Uganda committed to allocate 10% of maternal and child health resources to adolescent reproductive health services by July 2025, and to increase the mCPR for all women from 30.4% in 2020 to 39.6% by 2025, and reduce unmet need from 17% in 2020 to 15% by 2025

This brings the total number of commitment makers to 46 as of November 2021, with the event marking the official start of the new decade of the FP2030 partnership. This follows its previous iteration as the FP2020 partnership which was launched in 2012 and in the years since has overseen some remarkable progress, notably an increase in the number of people using contraception by 60 million over nine years (doubling in the number of modern contraceptive users in 13 low-income countries), preventing more than 121 million unintended pregnancies, 21 million unsafe abortions, and 125,000 maternal deaths also prevented in 2019 alone.

 

Building on the strengths and successes of FP2020, the new FP2030 partnership is now poised to embrace a more accessible and inclusive global partnership, with a new Governing Board made up of representatives from governments, multilateral agencies, donors, global NGOs and civil society and youth organizations, with a focus on diversity, particularly in terms of gender, age, geography, sexual orientation and background, including young people under the age of 30. In addition, in 2022, FP2030 will open regional hubs in Africa, Asia and Latin America, with greater direction set by regional and national leadership. The locations of the first of these, the two FP2030 Africa hubs, will be announced in early 2022.

 

The high-profile event saw important discussions take place on a range of topics, including the need to innovate in family planning amidst global crises like COVID-19, and preserving and sustaining family planning funding amidst global cuts in funding and supply chains. FP2030 and its partners highlighted the critical nature of access to family planning, an essential right for every woman and girl no matter where she lives. By giving women and girls the ability to shape and make their own choices about family planning, there are proven improvements for both health-related outcomes and long-term social and economic progress.

 

“The pandemic has demonstrated the centrality of health and that global challenges require global solutions. The launch of Family Planning 2030 is an opportunity to expand and improve our collaborative work on family planning. Family planning and contraception, including postpartum and post-abortion services, must be recognized as essential health services and as critical for reducing gender inequalities,” commented Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

FP2030’s latest report, Becoming FP2030, was also released alongside the event. The first of two reports being released this year, it provides a deeper look into the vision powering the new decade of partnership, a vision that will be focusing on five key areas: policy, data, financing, gender norms, and system responsiveness. Outlined in this is the rationale behind the new regional hubs in Africa, Asia and Latin America, which will strengthen the partnership’s ability to provide support to key commitment makers representing communities in these locations. The report also sets out the partnership’s new approach, which is deeply rooted in transparency and accessibility, with FP2030 planning to deepen their engagement with youth and other underserved groups, including people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. The narrative provided by The FP2030 Transition sets the scene for FP2030’s data report, due to be released in December, which will provide a comprehensive analysis of the current state of family planning worldwide.