02 August 2017
2017 – London Family Planning Summit
EngenderHealth seeks to build upon its prior commitment with a renewed focus on service delivery, youth, policy and advocacy, training, and contraceptive security to empower women and girls as rights holders and to hold governments and providers accountable as duty bearers. In support of FP2020 and Every Woman Every Child, we commit to reaching 13 million women and girls with comprehensive, rights-based contraceptive counselling in 13 FP2020 countries over the next three years, and of those counselled, to reaching 11.7 million women and girls with contraceptive methods of their choice. We will undertake this work with a goal that by 2020 at least 15% of women and girls reached at EngenderHealth-supported sites will be under the age of 20.
We will work with governments to effect policy changes that increase access to a full range of contraceptive methods, especially for unmarried youth. We will collaborate with partners and health ministries to strengthen the availability, use, and reporting of quality performance monitoring data, with an emphasis on improving data disaggregated by age, sex, and marital status. We will expand our training efforts by 25%, to train approximately 5,000 providers to deliver quality contraceptive services. We will work to improve contraceptive security by reducing reported stock-outs. We will also work to strengthen the use of data for decision making to improve contraceptive security and to expand access to post-abortion contraception.
EngenderHealth will, in partnership with donors, program approximately $40 million in Western and Central Africa by 2020 to expand women’s access to and use of family planning services. Program activities will focus on Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger, Togo, Niger, and Nigeria as well as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In order to assist governments and other implementing partners in fulfilling their FP2020 commitments, EngenderHealth pledges to develop and apply with partners a framework that will guide the provision of family planning services, ensuring that they respect, protect, and fulfill individuals’ human rights. This framework, and accompanying tools, are envisioned to play a practical and instrumental role in ensuring that all family planning services are grounded in human rights.
In the United States, EngenderHealth commits to reaching at least 500,000 U.S. women through a dynamic communications and advocacy campaign that will inspire action in support of women in developing countries who want, but do not have, access to contraception and safe childbirth.
EngenderHealth commits to building the capacity of health care professionals and programs in underserved communities of Africa and Asia, to protect the ability and right of women and adolescents to make free and informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. We do this by:
- Training providers to effectively counsel clients seeking family planning, HIV/AIDS, and maternal health services;
- Educating communities about their sexual and reproductive health and available services; promoting the widest possible range of quality family planning methods to offer options for individuals and couples to meet their reproductive intentions; and
- Strengthening the ability of implementing partners to incorporate informed choice into routine supervision and program monitoring.
Safeguards for informed and voluntary decision making are particularly important for the most vulnerable members of society, especially women and girls. We are pleased to undertake efforts that will improve the quality of and use of sexual and reproductive health services, which contributes directly to MDGs 3, 4 and 5.