Nairobi — Kenya has made new commitments to ensure that every woman and girl around the world has access to lifesaving family planning services.
Key commitments made at the global meeting marking the launch of the new decade of the Family Planning 2030 (FP2030) partnership, include a pledge to increase Kenya’s modern contraceptive prevalence rate for married women from 58% to 64% d by 2030, thereby reducing the need for family planning services for all women nationwide from 14% to 10% by 2030 and increasing national funding for family planning commodities to cover 100% of need by 2026.
FP2030, a global partnership that supports the reproductive rights of women and girls, hosted the event where more than $3.1 billion (348.3 trillion shillings) in funding was committed to expand access to family planning over the next 5 years.
National government commitments were also celebrated, with countries including Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda sharing their inspiring pledges to support global action on family planning alongside Kenya. .
This brings the total number of decision makers to 46 in November 2021, the event marking the official start of the new decade of the FP2030 partnership.
This follows its previous iteration as an FP2020 partnership which launched in 2012 and in the years since has seen remarkable progress including an increase in the number of people using contraception by 60 million over nine years (doubling the number of users of modern contraceptives in 13 low-income countries), averting more than 121 million unintended pregnancies, 21 million unsafe abortions and 125,000 maternal deaths also averted in 2019 alone.
The head of Kenya’s Department of Family Health, Isaak Bashir, underscored the importance of family planning when making the commitment, underscoring the Kenyan government’s belief that when Kenyan women can make their own decisions about their fertility , the whole country benefits.
“By empowering women and girls to shape and make their own family planning choices, improvements have been demonstrated for both health-related outcomes and long-term social and economic progress,” said Bashir said.
In Kenya in 2020, about 6 million women and girls were using a modern method of contraception, up nearly 2 million since FP2020 launched in 2012.
Additionally, the high-profile event saw a range of topics discussed, including the need for innovation in family planning amid global crises like COVID-19, and preserving and sustaining family planning funding at amid global cuts in finance and supply chains.
FP2030 and its partners have underscored the criticality of access to family planning, an essential right for every woman and girl, no matter where she lives.
“The pandemic has demonstrated the centrality of health and that global challenges require global solutions. The launch of Family Planning 2030 is an opportunity to expand and improve our collaborative work on family planning. Family planning and contraception, including postpartum and postabortion services, must be recognized as essential and essential health services to reduce gender inequalities,” commented the Director General of the World Health Organization. Health (WHO), Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus.
FP2030’s latest report, Becoming FP2030, was also released alongside the event, offering deeper insight into the vision that is fueling the new decade of partnership, a vision that will focus on five key areas: Policy, Data, Funding , gender norms and system responsiveness.
The rationale for the new regional hubs in Africa, Asia and Latin America (to be announced in early 2022) is outlined below, which will strengthen the partnership’s ability to provide support to key decision makers representing communities of these places.
The report also outlines the partnership’s new approach, deeply rooted in transparency and accessibility, with FP2030 planning to deepen its engagement with youth and other underserved groups, including people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. .
Meanwhile, the FP2030 data report to be released in December will provide a comprehensive analysis of the current state of family planning around the world.