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We are excited to join the conversation on #WCD2018

With today’s opening, we officially transitioned from 72nd to 73rd session of #UNGA. I’m so excited for the year ahead!

UNC Gillings alumna @TraciLBaird named CEO of EngenderHealth. Read full coverage here: https://t.co/l3oFl7PtBO @UNCpublichealth #SRHR

Until #familyplanning is a universally available choice in all settings, this human right will not be fully realized.

At #UNGA, @UNFPA and partners are calling for the fulfillment of this unrealized right: https://t.co/pjB2z7Ilwr

#StandUp4HumanRights

We love the pill & all other forms of contraception: allowing millions to plan & space pregnancies. How empowering is that?! #WheresTheFP

For World Contraception Day 2018 the Family Planning Voices team share stories that touch our hearts @EngenderHealth strives to put women & girls at the center of the development agenda. Read here: https://t.co/EpQhWKqiEq #FPVoices #SRHR #WCD2018 @K4Health

The issue of #familyplanning is about women’s agency.

Even if a service is available in the community, it’s not effective if women cannot access it. #EWECisME @WorldBank

Are you optimistic about the future? @BillGates and @melindagates are. Read what they have to say and dig into the Goalkeepers Report to learn about the progress we’re making and the generation of leaders making it possible. #Goalkeepers18 https://t.co/7rXvZqPsf6

Expanding access to #contraception & #familyplanning programs is one of the most cost-effective ways to break the cycle of poverty." #FP2020

Domestic public financing leads to increased availability,
equity, access, and use of quality #familyplanning services. Learn more
#HIPs4FP https://t.co/Yx3toYBmvK

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Agir pour la Planification Familiale

Family planning transforms the lives of women and their families and is critical to social and economic development. However, in much of West Africa, the need for family planning outweighs access to and use of contraceptives. The modern contraceptive prevalence rate ranges from 14–34% in urban areas of Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Niger, and Togo, while unmet need there ranges from 21–35%.

A number of factors contribute to unmet need, including a lack of trained health care providers, inconsistent availability of contraceptive supplies, and structural flaws in existing health care systems. Additionally, prohibitive government policies and gender and cultural barriers serve as further obstacles for accessing high-quality care.

To address these gaps, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/West Africa, EngenderHealth, and its partners will work together on a five-year program known as Agir pour la Planification Familiale (AgirPF), designed to expand women’s access to and use of family planning services in five West African countries: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Niger, and Togo.

By expanding access to, strengthening demand for, and improving the quality of family planning services, AgirPF will increase informed decision making about family planning and broaden voluntary use. Through our partnerships at the local and national government levels, as well as with our nongovernmental organization partners, we will provide a wide range of family planning services, including integrating family planning with maternal, neonatal, child health services, and services for youth and men.

Over its history, AgirPF has developed a number of tools that have helped to improve the operation and functioning of health facilities in the project’s targeted areas. These include several documents used to implement COPE® for Contraceptive Security in the project’s countries: an   initial evaluation form , and follow-up evaluation forms, such as  questions for the national, regional, and district level , questions for   site level , and a final evaluation form . Additionally, AgirPF has mainstreamed EngenderHealth’s site walk-through approach at many of the facilities to which we have provided technical assistance, using resources such as a set of   guidelines  for site walk-throughs (referred to as Visites guidées ),   monitoring and evaluation plans ,   suggested flipcharts , a   data collection form , and a   data analysis form .

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