News that USAID is to make a grant of up to $72m to the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) as part of its Support for International Family Planning Organizations (SIFPO)2 Sustainable Networks mechanism was today hailed by the Director General of IPPF Tewodros Melesse and IPPF President Naomi Seboni.
“IPPF already provides services to millions of people around the globe but this generous investment from the American people will strengthen our federation and help us reach millions more,” Mr Melesse said.
“We warmly thank USAID. There are more than 220 million women who want to delay or avoid pregnancy but aren’t using a modern method of contraception. All the evidence shows that when women are able to decide, freely and for themselves, whether, when and how many children to have they not only improve their own health and wellbeing and that of their children but they are able to reap social and economic benefits which ripple out across their community and their country.”
Dr Seboni added: “Put family planning at the heart of development and you enable a level of stability and personal choice which speeds economic progress.
“By any measure this is a substantial investment and a ringing endorsement of the work IPPF does – on family planning. As a grassroots, rights-based organization with Member Associations around the world that grew locally to respond to local needs, this is a very important day for us.”
The Cooperative Agreement from USAID will help strengthen IPPF’s core systems ensuring the organization continues to deliver an integrated and holistic range of Sexual and Reproductive Health information, services and supplies.
The investment has the goal of increasing access to and use of high quality, affordable family planning and other health information, products and services by strengthening IPPF and our Member Associations and their partners.
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SIFPO 2: Sustainable Networks mechanism from USAID is funding IPPF’s Family Planning and other health areas through a five-year Cooperative Agreement.
It is an important and strategic investment from the US Government into IPPF which provides opportunities for field support for Member Associations upto a ceiling of $72millionover 5 years.
This investment aligns with IPPFs goals to treble services and double income by 2020 and invests in key areas to support IPPFs growth.
The Sustainable Networks Programme will be working with a number of IPPF Member Associations delivering essential Family Planning and Reproductive Health services. A highly skilled and experienced team based across IPPF’s offices in Nairobi, New Delhi and London will be led by Dr Harriet Stanley, MA, PhD who has more than 20 years’ progressive experience, including 15 years in senior management positions, in the design, implementation, and management of Family Planning, Reproductive Heath, Maternal Health, HIV and Post Abortion Care programmes as a leader, manager, innovator and technical advisor.
The U.S. Agency for International Development administers the U.S. Foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide.’
“This press release is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of IPPF and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.”