Key Events in the Global Family Planning Field, 2012–2018

EventYearObjectiveRelevance to Implants Access Program
London Family Planning Summit2012This summit secured US$2.3 billion toward meeting the unmet need for contraception for 120 million women worldwide by 2020.Countries made specific goals around raising modern contraceptive prevalence rate and reducing unmet need; donors committed funding for family planning commodities and service delivery, including implants.
FP2020 launch2012This global partnership of governments, donors, civil society organizations, and technical experts emerged to help meet the goals of the 2012 London summit.FP2020 connected countries committed to LARCs with financial and technical resources as needed.
UN Commodities Commission report2012This report listed 13 lifesaving commodities that could save over 6 million lives and avert maternal deaths via improved access to family planning.Implants were named as a lifesaving commodity and this report identified recommendations to improve financing, utilization, supply, and demand for implants.
UNICEF RMNCH Trust Fund2013This fund was established by UNICEF, UNFPA, and WHO to finance high-impact interventions in RMNCH based on recommendations of the UN Commodities Commission report.The RMNCH trust fund supported eight countries as they expanded the availability of implants and other lifesaving commodities.
WHO task shifting recommendations2013The WHO published updated, evidence-based recommendations on the provision of RMNCH interventions by different cadres of health workers.The updated task shifting recommendations specified that auxiliary nurses and auxiliary nurse midwives should be permitted to insert and remove implants with targeted monitoring and evaluation.
WHO expansion of implants eligibility criteria2015The fifth edition of WHO’s Medical Eligibility Criteria reduced restrictions around the use of implants and other hormonal contraceptives for adolescents and breastfeeding women less than 6 weeks’ postpartum.Postpartum women had more options for hormonal contraceptives, which enabled the opportunity to provide LARCs to women shortly after birth. Adolescents were cleared to access implants.
Youth statement on LARCs2015This statement provided evidence that LARCs were safe for youth and adolescents and was signed by over 50 endorsing organizations.The document provided guidance for programs and service providers that all adolescents and youth deserved access to a full range of methods, including implants.
2017 Family Planning Summit2017Donors, policymakers, and advocates convened to assess efforts toward reaching FP2020 goals and accelerate progress.Countries, donors, civil society organizations, and private sector partners recommitted to LARCs. More than 2 dozen FP2020 countries committed to expanding their method mix.
  • Abbreviations: LARC, long-acting reversible contraceptive; RMNCH, reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health; UN, United Nations; UNICEF, United Nations Children’s Fund; UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund; WHO, World Health Organization.