FHI 360 makes major commitment to family planning initiative
FHI 360 has made a commitment of an estimated $85 million over the next five years to support the goals of Family Planning 2030 (FP2030), a global movement that works toward a future where all women and girls have the freedom and ability to lead healthy lives, make their own informed decisions about using contraception and having children, and participate as equals in society and its development.
FP2030 is an evolution of FP2020, which was first launched after the London Summit in 2012. A global leader in family planning for the past 50 years, FHI 360 was one of the first nongovernmental organizations to make a commitment to FP2020. Other partners in the initiative include governments, civil society, multilateral organizations, advocacy groups, the private sector and the research community.
Over the next five years, FHI 360 will support the goals of FP2030 with six primary goals:
- Advance research and development of new contraceptive options. Innovative solutions are needed to address gaps in contraceptive method options and to meet the changing needs and desires of family planning users throughout their reproductive lives. FHI 360 will advance research to support the development of an injectable contraceptive that would be effective for six months, a biodegradable microneedle patch that would be good for three to six months and a biodegradable implant that would work for 18 to 24 months.
- Expand availability and access to existing contraceptive options. FHI 360 has a long record of implementing effective solutions that bridge the gaps between research and widescale product introduction. To increase method choice, FHI 360 will help expand access to new and lesser-used contraceptive methods, including a self-injecting contraceptive and the hormonal intrauterine device.
- Support self-care approaches, including digital options. FHI 360 is committed to promoting evidence-based practices that empower women and girls to manage their own sexual and reproductive health. Given the rapid expansion of digital technologies and their potential to support client-driven self-care, FHI 360 will evaluate and support digital platforms that provide information, tools and links to family planning information and services.
- Strengthen the measurement and monitoring of equity. FHI 360 will support country-led efforts to better define and address equity, including in the context of universal health care coverage and among populations with unique needs, such as adolescents and youth, women in the postpartum period, women living with HIV and individuals in crisis settings. We will also work with local partners to develop indicators and measures of equity that go beyond wealth, as well as to design and conduct equity-focused research.
- Offer high-quality integrated services that include family planning. FHI 360 will support the provision of integrated family planning, maternal and child health and HIV services. We will offer evidence-based programs, technical assistance, knowledge management, and monitoring and evaluation. We will also provide support to incorporate high-impact practices into national strategies and advance family planning as part of population, environment and development projects.
- Reach young people with evidence-based information and services. FHI 360 will continue to promote the health of adolescents and youth by advancing access to responsive, person-centered sexual and reproductive health services. FHI 360 will also seek to understand the specific needs and preferences of young people by leading user acceptability and human-centered design studies that ensure that contraceptive products and services respond to this age group's unique reproductive health needs.
FHI 360 is proud to play a role in the mission of FP2030. In addition to using donor funds to advance this work, FHI 360 will contribute its own corporate funds and facilitate private-sector funding. Learn more about our family planning work here.
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