Evidence of the Impact of Contraceptive Prevalence Supports Official Statements
September 21, 2016
HP+ recently participated in the four-day National Family Planning Conference in Antananarivo, Madagascar, a space for donors and family planning stakeholders to share their work and progress in facilitating Madagascar's increased investment in family planning access. Several representatives from the national Ministry of Health (MOH) and from USAID attended and presented at the conference. Elise Lang joined country director Nirina Ranaivoson and the rest of the HP+ Madagascar team to share progress on the Madagascar Costed Implementation Plan for Family Planning with ministry officials. Scott Moreland also represented HP+, participating in a panel discussion on the demographic dividend and socioeconomic impacts of improving access to family planning.
Appearing at conference, the head of the Ministry of Health family planning division presented on findings from an application of ImpactNow, a USAID-supported model available through HP+. The division head highlighted that Madagascar could prevent over 4 million unintended pregnancies and 12,000 maternal deaths by 2020 if modern contraceptive prevalence increases to 50 percent among married women. The presentation material is also available as a brief.
At the conference conclusion, the ministry's director of family health presented and highlighted the importance of key elements of the Costed Implementation Plan (CIP) for family planning. The CIP development process has been guided by HP+ and is close to completion in Madagascar. The country will join other FP2020 countries with a comprehensive roadmap to achieve its FP2020 goals by late 2016.