As the end of the year approaches, so does the start of FP2020’s year of transition: on January 26, 2021 we will begin our transformation to the new partnership with the launch of FP2020’s last annual progress report and a celebration of FP2020, and we’ll open the process for partners to begin to develop their commitments to the new partnership. We will complete our metamorphosis by International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in November 2021, with a celebration of our new partnership fully formed, a Secretariat spread out in hubs across several regions of the world, and staffed by local experts and colleagues, and new commitments from current and new partners to make this a truly global partnership by going beyond FP2020’s 69 focus countries. We’ll maintain our focus on countries who are still seeking to expand their family planning programs, but all will be welcome to participate to improve programs, policies, and ultimately – outcomes for all users of contraception.
Of course, any transition involves careful planning, so we have been working in the FP2020 Secretariat to prepare. In our last newsletter, we introduced the Transition Management Team that will be implementing the transition. In November, the FP2020 Reference Group met for the last time this year and discussed FP2020’s transition — specifically the transition of our governance structure. The Reference Group recognizes the important role that political leadership plays in expanding access to family planning — from financing, to supplies, to the accessibility of services themselves. In the next iteration of the partnership, the governance structure will shift to support and reinforce the leadership needed to accelerate progress for women and girls around the world. You can find out more about what this means on the transition page on our website.
This fall we have been reflecting on the lessons we’ve drawn from the FP2020 partnership in a series of publications and community discussions. The latest of these resources, Ready to Save Lives: A Preparedness Toolkit for SRH Care in Emergencies, was released on November 24th. Ready to Save Lives is a guide for decision makers who want to ensure the ongoing delivery of family planning care in emergencies. It was work begun by our beloved colleague, Jennifer Schlecht, and we, along with her colleagues at the Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises continued the work, linking the international reproductive health and humanitarian response communities, led by FP2020 Senior Technical Advisor Lorelei Goodyear. We continue to miss Jenn every day, and we honor her work and her passion with this resource.
We appreciate your support as we prepare for our transition to the next iteration of the partnership. Thank you for your feedback and guidance as we forge ahead into this next chapter.
READY TO SAVE LIVES: NEW TOOL FOR CONTINUATION OF CARE IN CRISIS
A new resource, Ready To Save Lives: A Preparedness Toolkit for SRH Care in Emergencies, is designed to help government decision makers and other stakeholders prepare for continued access to reproductive healthcare in emergencies — including pandemics, natural disasters, or conflict. The Ready to Save Lives toolkit brings together existing guidance on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) as a starting point for stakeholders to establish protocols that ensure the continuity of care. Learn more about the toolkit here, and read the toolkit itself here.
OPTIMIZING WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION GUIDANCE FOR FAMILY PLANNING IN COVID-19
The World Health Organization (WHO) released guidance in June around access to family planning during the COVID pandemic. Now, PAI and FP2020 have released a brief on optimizing and operationalizing that guidance. Read on for more information.
IDENTIFYING INEQUITIES IN FAMILY PLANNING
Recently, the USAID-funded Health Policy Plus (HP+) project, with technical support from Track20, launched the Approach for Diagnosing Inequity in Family Planning Programs, a new tool that answers the “who, what, and where” of inequities in family planning. The tool identifies inequities for a range of disadvantaged subgroups, for various components of family planning, and at national and subnational levels. Users can use this data to inform their next family planning commitments.
FP2020: CELEBRATING PROGRESS, TRANSFORMING THE FUTURE
Join us for a virtual event to celebrate the success of the FP2020 partnership to date, release the final FP2020 annual progress report, and launch a new commitment process for the next phase of the partnership.
January 26, 2021
8 – 11 am EST
Save the date
FP2020 is excited to attend the Virtual ICFP in February, and host a virtual exhibit booth. More information on FP2020’s presence at the virtual conference is forthcoming.
February 2 – 3, 2021
RESOURCES FROM AROUND THE SECTOR
The Beyond 2020 page has the latest information on the ongoing FP2020 transition.
Post-abortion Care and Postpartum Family Planning During COVID-19, Opportunities and Challenges: An Interview with GHSP Journal Authors from Knowledge Success.
20 Essential Resources for Population, Health, and Environment: This new collection of 20 essential PHE resources, curated by Knowledge SUCCESS and PACE Project, is designed to help program planners, designers, and implementers in a variety of sectors (such as environmental conservation, resilience, food security, and economic development) understand and explore elements of PHE programs so that they can incorporate this approach into their work.
Don’t miss this new podcast from the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, “The Promise and Challenge of PrEP for Adolescent Girls and Young Women.” This episode features three important voices on PrEP: Mitchell Warren, the executive director of AVAC; and two women working with Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute in South Africa – Khanyi Kwatsha, a 26-year-old PrEP ambassador, and Elmari Briedenhann, a senior project manager. Partnership and cooperation between the family planning and HIV communities remains a critical piece in building a future where women and girls can access healthcare that serves all their needs – including pregnancy prevention and HIV testing and treatment.
14 Actions You Can Take Today to Adapt Your Program to COVID-19, from Knowledge SUCCESS, available in English, French, and Spanish.
Marie Stopes International, now MSI Reproductive Choices, has released MSI 2030: Your Body, Your Choice, Your Future, the organization’s strategy and vision for 2030 and beyond. Learn more on the website.
DKT has released its 2019 Contraceptive Social Marketing (CSM) statistics showing programs delivered 89.3 million CYPs in 2019.
PACE’s new interactive Digital Health Compendium enables users to explore case studies across a range of digital health technologies used to enhance family planning programs, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, but also in other regions of the world. Users can sign up to receive notifications when new case studies are added or contact PACE to submit their own.
Are You Ready for Change? Challenging Gender
Stereotypes – Role of Men and Boys
FP2020 Annual Progress Report 2019-20 – Overview Webinar
January 27th, 2021