20 February 2019
2017 – London Family Planning Summit
In support of Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) goals and the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, Americares commits to creating and/or expanding access to family planning (FP) commodities and services integration where possible to its existing Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) and broader clinical health programs in Liberia, Tanzania, Nepal, India and/or Philippines. This will include, for example, commodities, their distribution, services and referrals, outreach and education, and/or training to build the capacity of health workers on the family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) components.
At those sites, Americares is developing a “specialty network” specifically to expand FP commodity distribution. The specialty network will be composed of organizations who have a targeted focus on FP activities and a need for commodities to support those activities. It will be structured so a single entity is the primary recipient of the commodities in each country, and that entity will distribute the materials across a network of FP health programs at local hospitals, clinics and NGO’s as part of the Americares program. Americares has distributed donated family planning commodities to countries globally (pills, condoms and IUDs) and supports access to voluntary high quality family planning supplies and services.
Since Americares FP2020 Commitment was made and launched at the July 2017 London FP2020 Summit, we have entered into an MOU with the UNFPA to establish a long-term cooperation and partnership in the area of maternal health (within the context of the Safe Birth Even Here campaign). The cooperation may also expand to other areas, including the advancement of the sustainable development agenda, specifically in promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights (including family planning), gender, and data. As part of this, Americares will work to:
• Strengthen the capacity of facility-based health workers to deliver quality reproductive and maternal health care, including adolescent-friendly health services, family planning, and safe childbirth care.
• Support the strengthening of the medical supply chain to ensure that family planning and other reproductive health commodities reach last mile health facilities through the national supply chain.
• Engage agents of change within local communities, including traditional and religious leaders and trained traditional midwives, to build support for reproductive and maternal health, mobilize communities, and strengthen community to facility linkages.