Fatimata Sy on Partnering to Expand Access to Contraceptives

By Ruchika Tulshyan, Contributor, The OptimistJanuary 17, 2019Fatimata Sy  talks to The Optimist about her work, the future of family planning, and her own audacious personal goal.When it launched in 2011, theOuagadougou Partnership set an audacious goal for 2020: Increase the number of women using modern contraceptives by at least 2.2 million in nine francophone West African countries.Historically, not many women in the region used contraceptives because of socio-cultural factors and infrastructure challenges. But members of the Partnership were determined to prove that with the right approach, family planning could be a crucial investment for the future of Benin, Burkina Faso, C ôte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.They were right. In 2017, the Partnership reported that 100,000 unintended pregnancies and 400 maternal deaths had been avoided as 400,000 women started using modern contraceptives for the first time. Steering the Partnership with three decades of experience is Fatimata Sy, director of the Coordination Unit for the Ouagadougou Partnership. Her deep expertise has brought together governments, donors, and civil society organizations towards a common vision for family planning, which she says in “six years has achieved more progress than in the last 20” in the region. The Senegal-based powerhouse says early successes came from members starting to view “family planning beyond a health initiati...
Source: IntraHealth International - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit Family Planning & Reproductive Health Source Type: news

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