New IPPF fact charts on RH supplies advocacy
16th November 2009
IPPF has released the first two in a series of fact charts illustrating the story of the national advocacy of IPPF Member Associations. These two fact charts highlight the recent RH supplies advocacy efforts of IPPF affiliates in Uganda and Bangladesh, both Coalition focus countries.
In both countries the IPPF affiliates achieved increased political and financial commitment for RH supplies. For example, in Uganda, the IPPF affiliate Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) coordinated civil society and mobilized advocates and champions to increase the availability of RH supplies and family planning. Results to so far have included increased government funding for RH supplies in the 2010 budget and a new policy for direct disribution of funds to the National Medical Stores on an annual basis, enabling the bulk purchase of contraceptives. In Bangladesh, the Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB) worked with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to improve the dysfunctional supply chain. Results have included reactivation of the Logistical Coordination Forum, a donor, government and civil society led group to identify and solve blockages in the supply chain, and increased capacity building and training for staff in the Logistics and Supply Unit.
The fact charts can be accessed at the following links: