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Resources for Family Planning Advocates

The Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub was created by Population Reference Bureau through the Empowering Evidence-Driven Advocacy project. Through the Resource Hub, PRB assists family planning advocacy partners in Africa and Asia in meeting their needs for tailored, effective communications products in a timely manner. Each of our products is customized for the user, the local advocacy initiative, and the targeted audiences.

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PRB Expertise, Put to Work for You

The Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub products reflect our deep experience inspiring policymakers to strengthen their commitments to family planning and related issues. Analysis and synthesis of data and research are at the core of PRB’s technical work on family planning and reproductive health issues.

Through the Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub, we deliver evidence-based content in compelling formats that make data and information accessible to expert and generalist audiences alike.

 

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A video and series of state-specific policy briefs highlight self-injectable contraceptives’ potential to overcome the barriers women face and increase access to family planning methods. These products contributed to a state-level commitment to include self-injectable contraception in the family planning budget and making sure this method is always available at public facilities.

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Kenya

A video and series of fact sheets analyze national and subnational family planning budgets to illustrate the risks facing the country if more family planning funds are not allocated. The Nyandarua County fact sheet inspired policymakers to allocate funds for family planning sensitization and staff training on youth-friendly services in the 2018/19 annual workplan.

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Uganda

A video and fact sheet make the case that family planning benefits all Ugandans and recommends steps the national government can take to ensure that all modern family planning methods are available. A series of subnational fact sheets spotlight the unique contraception access barriers and family planning budget allocations in four districts. The products contributed to an increase in the Kamuli District’s family planning budget from 5% to 9% of the total district health budget in 2018/19.

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Faith to Action Network

East African Community

A policy brief and video demonstrate faith leaders’ support for providing youth with age-appropriate sexual and reproductive health information and education, calling on members of the East African Legislative Assembly to pass the East African Community Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Bill. The products contributed to the bill’s progression through the legislative process.

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A fact sheet and animated video recommend all contraceptive services and products in all public health facilities be provided free to youth ages 15 to 24. The products contributed to the Ministry of Health evaluating and developing a strategy to strengthen Adolescent Reproductive Health units.

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A video, fact sheet, and series of infographics address misinformation about family planning methods and convince policymakers to fund family planning services. The products helped clarify misconceptions about family planning methods among elected officials, who used the information to draft ordinances in support of reproductive health.

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A comic book and policy brief aim to convince policymakers of the need to realize Uganda’s financial commitments to family planning and promote national development. In November 2019, the Minister of Health became the first high-level policymaker to sign the comic book commitment form to increase the budget for family planning commodities.

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India

A video and complementary fact sheet showcase youth voices to highlight this age group’s lack of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) awareness and barriers they face when trying to access SRH information and services. The products helped convince policymakers in Jharkhand State to develop an adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health strategy.

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A video, regional-specific infographics, and a policy brief highlight the family planning needs of Tanzanian youth highlights trends in family planning over the last five years, encouraging national and subnational policymakers to act on established family planning commitments. The suite of products contributed to Tanzania’s FP2020 programmatic commitment in 2017 to scale up the number of health facilities providing youth-friendly reproductive health services from 30% to 80%.

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A fact sheet emphasizes five clear recommendations that Kalangala District government and health officials can take to improve the district’s sexual and reproductive health. Four information brochures use pictures and words to teach different audiences the benefits of using contraceptives and information on options available to them.

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A fact sheet and video urge decisionmakers to meaningfully partner with youth in developing the next Strategic Framework Plan for Family Planning (Cadre Stratégique National de la Planification Familiale), which will guide the country’s investment in family planning and ensure that youth’s needs are met.

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A fact sheet supports the disaggregation of family planning data to save costs and increase impact in youth family planning, while a video seeks clarity on polices regarding the provision of contraceptive services for adolescents who do not have parental consent.

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A brochure and five state-specific fact sheets highlight the need for government to invest finances and resources into adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health, including contraceptive information and services, to create an enabling environment.

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Ouagadougou Partnership

Francophone West Africa

A video and regional and country-specific presentations highlight the unique barriers youth face accessing family planning services and the impacts that unintended pregnancy can have on the future of young women and their partners. The products call on regional policymakers to invest in family planning and youth-friendly policies that deter early marriage and pregnancy and make family planning information and services easily accessible and affordable to youth.

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A video and accompanying fact sheet make a compelling case to Indian corporations about how including family planning programs in their corporate social responsibility initiatives could save the lives of women—benefiting their families and the nation. Over a four-month period in 2016-2017, the video contributed to corporate leadership teams releasing at least four requests for proposals for corporate social responsibility support for family planning.

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Bangladesh

A hand-held brochure and short video series call on the Directorate General of Family Planning and other decisionmakers to ensure the right of both married and unmarried adolescents to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information and services as outlined in the National Strategy for Adolescent Health, 2017-2030. In 2020, the Director General for Family Planning twice mentioned the data from these products during his speech at a high-level meeting to sensitize Members of Parliament on the need to improve health services for adolescents.

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An engaging visual presentation and series of WhatsApp videos call on Mombasa County, Kenya, health and finance officials to increase the budget allocated for family planning and designate specific funds for adolescent and youth sexual reproductive health (AYSRH). In 2020, the videos helped contribute to a 5% increase in funds for AYSRH in the 2020/21 county budget, even despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A policy brief highlights barriers to provision of long-acting and permanent methods (LAPM) of family planning and recommends concrete actions the Ministry of Health Zanzibar (MOHZ) can take to improve access to family planning, support a healthy population, and achieve its development goals. The product contributed to UNFPA through MOHZ in May 2020 dedicating 38,000,000 Tsh to mobilize community health volunteers to refer clients for family planning services, including LAPM.