Margaret Pyke Trust, with the Population & Sustainability Network makes FP2020 pledge to reach 9.5 million women and girls by 2020

July 14, 2016

SOURCE: PSN and FP2020

The Margaret Pyke Trust, with the Population & Sustainability Network has become one of Family Planning 2020’s (FP2020) commitment makers by pledging to reach over 9.5 million women and girls through improved access to sexual and reproductive health services and information and improved quality of care.

 

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The Trust joins over 90 commitment makers, including 38 countries, in a global movement that supports the rights of women and girls to decide freely and for themselves, whether, when and how many children they want to have.

FP2020 works with governments, civil society, multilateral organizations, donors, the private sector, and the research and development community to enable an additional 120 million girls and women in the world’s poorest countries to use modern forms of contraception by the year 2020.

An outcome of the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, the FP2020 global partnership is based on the principle that all women, no matter where they live, should have access to lifesaving contraceptives. Achieving the FP2020 goal is a critical milestone to ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and rights by 2030, as laid out in Sustainable Development Goals 3 (good health and well-being) and 5 (gender equality), and is key to unlocking all development priorities.

The Trust’s commitments

  1. Education and Training: To provide up-to-date SRH training courses for not fewer than 3,250 UK based medical professionals between the beginning of 2016 and end of 2019. Training activities will be expanded and delivered to not fewer than 300 doctors and nurses in FP2020 focus countries, with tailored training to meet local capacity needs, and impact 9.5 million and girls.
  2. Program and Service Delivery: To design and implement not fewer than three integrated development programs in FP2020 focus countries between the autumn of 2016 and the end of 2019.
  3. Issue and Policy Advocacy: To undertake advocacy activities for health and gender organizations, policy makers and funding partners and also for other sectors including environmental and climate change audiences, to help build a broader coalition of organizations working to ensure universal access to comprehensive and voluntary family planning services.

“We’re delighted to be part of the significant global movement that is FP2020, and to join over 90 other governments and organizations across the globe committed to enabling 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020”, said David Johnson, Chief Executive of the Trust. “The family planning community recognizes that programs and services must be designed and implemented with the highest attention to quality and the right principles if we are to realize our promise to millions of women and girls in countries where the need is greatest,” said Beth Schlachter, FP2020’s Executive Director.

FP2020 applauds this new commitment from the Trust, which will help catalyze progress and build sustainability for future generations by focusing on three key pillars of education and training, program and service delivery, and advocacy.”

The Margaret Pyke Trust, with the Population & Sustainability Network is a UK NGO with a vision of a world where everyone can decide freely whether, when, and how many children they want, for the benefit of all people and the planet. Since its foundation in 1969, when the Trust opened its London clinic, which for a period of time became the world’s busiest family planning center, the Trust has been at the forefront of developments in sexual and reproductive health. Today, in the UK, the Trust continues to support contraceptive research and provide SRH training for clinicians, but it is internationally, in FP2020 focus countries, that the Trust is becoming most active.

The Trust’s international program, the Population & Sustainability Network, is a network of 17 diverse organizations, from governmental bodies (like the UK’s DFID), to international SRH NGOs (like the International Planned Parenthood Federation) and even major environmental NGOs (such as Friends of the Earth), which all share the Trust’s vision. With members of this program, the Trust promotes sexual and reproductive health and rights as part of sustainable development. The Trust also works in partnership with Population & Sustainability Network members to implement programs integrating SRH actions with those of other sectors, for even greater impact. In 2016 the Trust formally changed its name to ‘The Margaret Pyke Trust, with the Population & Sustainability Network’, given the Trust’s growing focus on the developing world, FP2020 countries and its work with these partners. “We have translated our work into FP2020 commitments and very much look forward to working with the FP2020 community to further family planning and women and girls’ empowerment”, said Mr. Johnson.