(Source: EPF) At a high-level meeting held last month, Ethiopian policymakers agreed to establish the country’s first Parliamentary Network on Population and Development—a major step toward improving access to voluntary family planning for the nation’s undeserved women and girls. The network will provide a mechanism for the policymakers to advocate for, legislate, and oversee investment in family planning at national and district levels.
The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health and Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), co-organized the meeting with support from the USAID-funded Health Policy Project and the Opportunity Fund. Launched earlier this year, the Opportunity Fund helps seize advocacy opportunities that will accelerate the success of the FP2020 goal to reach 120 million more women and girls in the world’s poorest countries with access to voluntary family planning information, contraceptives, and services by 2020.
EPF is delighted by the establishment of this network and is ready to offer its support to the new Ethiopian network. We hope that we will be able to collaborate in the very near future.
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