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Thanks to a new grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, IntraHealth International will continue to build and strengthen relationships among governments and civil society groups in Benin, Mali, and Senegal, and will newly expand this work into Niger and Burkina Faso.
Maternal mortality and fertility rates remain high in West Africa as the use of modern family planning methods and contraceptives remains low. Through the Strengthening Civil Society Engagement for Family Planning in West Africa (CS4FP) project, IntraHealth will work side-by-side with civil society organizations and governments to give more women, families, and young people access to high-quality family planning services.
At a 2011 family planning conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West African governments made formal commitments to reduce maternal mortality and unmet need for family planning by 25% in their countries by 2015. Nine of these countries, along with key donors in the region, formed the Ouagadougou Partnership to continue collaborating to meet their family planning commitments.
Through the ongoing CS4FP, IntraHealth will strengthen the advocacy role of civil society organizations and foster partnerships among the organizations and governments to help countries achieve those goals, particularly through greater investment in high-quality family planning services.
This new two-year grant will allow the project to:
The Strengthening Civil Society Engagement for Family Planning in West Africa (CS4FP) project is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.