What you need to know
The Private Sector & Family Planning
The private sector – in relation to family planning – is defined as non-state market actors with direct, supporting, or enabling functions aimed at increasing access, availability and use of FP products and services. These include a wide range of actors: commercial for-profit, faith-based, and non-profit; US-based, local and international; formal and informal sectors, including traditional and community health providers.
While this a relatively broad definition, the commercial for-profit, and health provider segments (outside of faith-based and non-profit / SMO) as well as other actors noted above would benefit from more clear inclusion and valuation associated with their role in the FP equation.
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The Private Sector Community at ICFP 2021
This is the Private Sector Subcommittee’s inaugural year. This new sub-committee will assemble and brainstorm opportunities for a pre-ICFP conference meeting, to establish panels and identify & showcase best practices from the private sector in service delivery, product innovation and FP inclusion in health insurance benefits. We will seek opportunities to invite participation by private sector leaders such as midwives from Indonesia.
Additionally the private sector subcommittee will generate engagement around challenges that are more unique to private sector actors and increase their understanding of the other stakeholder groups.
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Abstracts Open: November 9, 2020
Registration Opens: December 1, 2020
International Conference on Family Planning: November 8-11, 2021
Still Waiting for a Seat at the Table: When Will Global FP Focus on Smaller Private Providers?
How well is the private sector integrated into global family planning (FP) efforts? Not well enough. The current private markets trajectory in many low and low-middle income countries is not nearly sufficient, and donor-funded products and NGO programming are clearly not the entire answer.
ICFP Private Sector Subcommittee
The private sector subcommittee was formally established in January 2020 with the goal of planning and generating activities for ICFP 2021 which will increase the strategic visibility and engagement of the private sector. The subcommittee was proposed to the ICFP Core Organizing Group in late 2019 and subsequently approved.
The work of this new subcommittee is important as forecasts of stagnating (or declining) donor funding for family planning (FP) raises concerns about the future and triggers more focus on the private sector’s ability to meet users’ needs. While the topic of sexual and reproductive health is highly visible and demand is growing, there is a need to mobilize private sector resources and participation.
Historical participation of large innovator manufacturers and social marketing organizations at ICFP is well-recognized and valued. This sub-committee will strive to engage with those actors as well as additional segments of the private sector, to increase the reach to organizations that play a significant and growing role in enabling and providing family planning related services and products. Examples of organizations that we would seek to engage include midwifery associations, independent social enterprises and clinics, private health insurance providers and employer groups.
The Private Sector Subcommittee’s overall goal is to increase the strategic visibility and participation of the private sector, through advanced planning of events and efforts for the conference in Pattaya City, 8-11 November 2021.
Organizations represented on the subcommittee:
Abt Associates, Avenir Health, Bayer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute, CARE, CHAI, Commission of Gender Equality (South Africa), Danish Family Planning Association, Female Health Company, FHI360, FP2020, Global Affairs Canada, Healthy Reform Foundation of Nigeria, Incepta Pharmaceuticals (Bangladesh), India Health Action Trust, Institute of Business Management (Pakistan), Institute for Social and Youth Development (Pakistan), IntraHealth, IPPF, Jhpiego, John Snow Incorporated, Knit Together Initiative (Nigeria), Love Matters India, Marie Stopes International, Medicines360, Ministry of Health, Kisumu West (Kenya), Palladium, PATH, Pathfinder International, Pfizer, Population Council, Population Services International, PT Tunggal, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), SERAC Bangladesh, Social Marketing Company SMC (Bangladesh), UNFPA, UN Foundation, USAID, WCG Cares, The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI), Y Coalition
If you are interested in knowing more about the ICFP Private Sector Subcommittee, please get in touch.
News and ideas from the Private Sector Community
Private Sector Voices
Anna’s Resilience: Supporting healthy people and a healthy planet through Women-Led Community Resilience
By Cara Honzak and Cheryl Margoluis. Originally posted on Pathfinder.org Anna farms the small plot next to her house on Uganda’s Jaguzi Island. She relies on what she grows and the fish her husband catches to feed their six children. Every day, she works
By EngenderHealth. Originally posted on EngenderHealth.org. “Many women like me come from a poor family. We use the contraceptives at government hospitals because they are free,” said Geeta*, a 25-year-old mother of two from Gujarat, India. Not long after the birth
By Women Deliver. Originally posted on WomenDeliver.org. As the world grapples with unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, young people are demonstrating their continued leadership in their communities and countries. According to a new UN plan to address COVID-19, young people