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Nigeria commits to allocating a minimum of 1% of the National and State Health annual budgets to increase financing for family planning by 2030 at global event to mark the next decade of the FP2030 partnership

Leaders from across the reproductive health space including Melinda French Gates and UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem gathered at the global event LAUNCHING FP2030: Moving Forward Together to Transform the Future introducing the transformed FP2030 partnership and its new leadership alongside the first FP2030 commitments from national governments and donors. The inclusive and wide-reaching new scope of the partnership was outlined in FP2030’s latest report, The FP2030 Transition. Nigeria’s Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire announced the Nigerian government’s pledge to transform the lives of Nigeria’s women, girls and communities through improved access to family planning.

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Thursday 18 November 2021, Washington, D.C. – At a global gathering marking the launch of the new decade of the Family Planning 2030 (FP2030) partnership, Nigeria’s Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire, joined leaders from across the family planning and global health fields as they pledged major new commitments towards ensuring that every woman and girl across the world has access to life-saving family planning services.

FP2030, a global partnership that supports the reproductive rights of women and girls, convened the event where more than $3.1bn US in funding was committed towards widening access to family planning over the next 5 years. Major commitments came from organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Fòs Feminista. National government commitments were also celebrated, with countries including Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda sharing their inspiring pledges towards sustaining global action in family planning alongside Nigeria. The key commitments made by the Nigerian government were:

  • The Nigerian government pledges to strengthen the integration of family planning into Nigeria’s socio-economic development frameworks, including universal health coverage
  • The government of Nigeria also commits to allocating a minimum of 1% of the National and State Health annual budgets to increase financing for family planning by 2030
  • The Nigerian government further pledges to deconstruct the social and gender norms hindering the agency, autonomy, and access to rights-based family planning of women and girls, as well as those impacting men, young people, and vulnerable populations

This brings the total number of commitment makers to 46 as of November 2021, with the event marking the official start of the new decade of the FP2030 partnership. This follows its previous iteration as the FP2020 partnership which was launched in 2012 and in the years since has overseen some remarkable progress, notably an increase in the number of people using contraception by 60 million over nine years (doubling in the number of modern contraceptive users in 13 low-income countries), preventing more than 121 million unintended pregnancies, 21 million unsafe abortions, and 125,000 maternal deaths also prevented in 2019 alone. As a result of modern contraceptive use in Nigeria, more than 1.9 million unintended pregnancies were prevented, and 705,000 unsafe abortions, and 13,000 maternal deaths averted between 2019-2020.

Building on the strengths and successes of FP2020, the new FP2030 partnership is now poised to embrace a more accessible and inclusive global partnership, with a new Governing Board made up of representatives from governments, multilateral agencies, donors, global NGOs and civil society and youth organizations, with a focus on diversity, particularly in terms of gender, age, geography, sexual orientation and background, including young people under the age of 30. In addition, in 2022, FP2030 will open regional hubs in Africa, Asia and Latin America, with greater direction set by regional and national leadership. The locations of the first of these, the two FP2030 Africa hubs, will be announced in early 2022.

The high-profile event saw important discussions take place on a range of topics, including the need to innovate in family planning amidst global crises like COVID-19, and preserving and sustaining family planning funding amidst global cuts in funding and supply chains. FP2030 and its partners highlighted the critical nature of access to family planning, an essential right for every woman and girl no matter where she lives. By giving women and girls the ability to shape and make their own choices about family planning, there are proven improvements for both health-related outcomes and long-term social and economic progress.

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 post-abortion services, must be recognized as essential health services and as critical for reducing gender inequalities,” commented Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, emphasized the Nigerian government’s pride in renewing its commitment to the global partnership, noting that it looks forward to a future in which more Nigerians are able to make their own decisions about their fertility.

FP2030’s latest report, Becoming FP2030, was also released alongside the event. The first of two reports being released this year, it provides a deeper look into the vision powering the new decade of partnership, a vision that will be focusing on five key areas: policy, data, financing, gender norms, and system responsiveness. Outlined in this is the rationale behind the new regional hubs in Africa, Asia and Latin America, which will strengthen the partnership’s ability to provide support to key commitment makers representing communities in these locations. The report also sets out the partnership’s new approach, which is deeply rooted in transparency and accessibility, with FP2030 planning to deepen their engagement with youth and other underserved groups, including people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. The narrative provided by The FP2030 Transition sets the scene for FP2030’s data report, due to be released in December, which will provide a comprehensive analysis of the current state of family planning worldwide.

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Family Planning 2030 (FP2030) is a global partnership working with governments, civil society, multilateral organizations, donors, the private sector, and the research and development community to enable millions more women to use contraceptives no matter where they live. An outcome of the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, FP2030’s objective is to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health services and rights by 2030, as laid out in Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 5. FP2030 is in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. 

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