News and Updates from the FP2020 Secretariat

Dear Colleagues,

I’m Isha Datta, an associate on the Family Planning 2020 team, and for the past three years I’ve had the pleasure of helping my colleagues manage FP2020’s small grants program, the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM). As we continue to build the next phase of the FP2020 partnership, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the success of the program.


Since 2014, the RRM has been a critical part of FP2020’s work, providing small grants to a range of partners in commitment-making countries to improve national policy environments for family planning, strengthen health systems, train providers in rights-based family planning service provision — and ultimately, to help countries achieve their FP2020 commitments.

Over the years, our team has had a front-row seat to the catalytic “wins” secured through our investments. Our grants were small and timely — but they often built on years-long advocacy and sustained, dedicated work by our grantees. They led projects on a wide range of issues critical to ensuring access to high-quality family planning services — often operating under the most challenging of circumstances.

It would be impossible to list every grantee here, but a few come to mind: the Bureau Diocésain des Oeuvres Médicales (BDOM), a project of the Catholic Archdiocese of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo that advocated for a family planning budget line in South Kivu province; UNFPA Bangladesh, the UN agency that led the charge to provide life-saving sexual and reproductive health services in Cox’s Bazaar; the National Committee for Maternal and Neonatal Health (NCMNH) in Pakistan, that advocated for the inclusion of family planning in the curriculum for midwifery schools in Sindh province. Our grantees worked to provide critical family planning services following the West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014 and to meet the needs of women and girls fleeing Boko Haram in the Diffa region of Niger.

This year, we’ve worked closely with many of our grantees to ensure access to care continues in the unprecedented context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking with our colleagues around the world, we’ve been struck by their passion, their creativity, and their unrelenting drive. While disparate in scope and geography, our grantees have always shared a common purpose: to ensure their communities have access to the sexual and reproductive health services they need to reach their full potential. In this newsletter, we hope you enjoy reading stories and guidance from our colleagues around the field, including from Reach A Hand Uganda, a youth-led organization, as well as new technical guidance about family planning services during the pandemic from our colleagues at the WHO.

The future of the RRM, as with the rest of the FP2020 partnership, is being formed now. The latest details on the FP2020 transition can always be found on our website

Thanks for being part of this community.


Isha Datta, FP2020 Associate, Postpartum Family Planning and Rapid Response Mechanism



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COVID-19 Could Set Back Decades of Family Planning Progress in Uganda and Beyond

Humphrey Nabimanya, the founder of Reach A Hand Uganda, explains what the group is doing to address family planning access during the pandemic, particularly for young people.


The COVID-19 pandemic is another barrier to HIV/FP integration. We can’t let that stop us.

Last year, researchers behind the ECHO trial studying the link between HIV infection and the use of three common contraceptive methods, found there was no substantial difference in HIV risk. Still, the results of the study left many dismayed at the high incidences of HIV found in the study participants. Since the study concluded, has there been meaningful change to better integrate family planning and HIV services?

Community health worker Agnes Apid (L) with Betty Akello (R) and Caroline Akunu (center).


Don’t miss these three new evidence-based technical guidance documents from Pathfinder.


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SRH Services During COVID-19


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Family Planning During COVID-19


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Gender-Based Violence During COVID-19



Adding It Up: Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health 2019

From the Guttmacher Institute, this report examines the need for, impact of, and cost of fully investing in sexual and reproductive health care—services that together ensure people can decide whether and when to have children, experience safe pregnancy and delivery, have healthy newborns, and have a safe and satisfying sexual life. 


High Impact Practices (HIPs) Partnership Launches Monthly Newsletter

HIPs are a set of evidence-based family planning practices vetted by experts documented in an easy-to-use format, to help programs focus resources for the greatest impact. Three new HIPs are highlighted in this first issue of the newsletter, focusing on supply chain management, family planning vouchers, and strategic planning for family planning in humanitarian settings. Don’t forget to subscribe for future updates!



Threats to Reproductive Health and Rights During the COVID-19 Crisis

Guttmacher Institute

August 6, 2 pm ET


Identifying Inequity in Family Planning Programs at National and Subnational Levels: A new, replicable approach

Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition

August 18, 10:00 am ET/ 14:00 GMT


Task Sharing Family Planning Services to Increase Health Workforce Efficiency and Expand Access: A Strategic Planning Guide

FP2020, IBP Network, HIPs

August 20, 9:30 am ET