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What Is the Evidence?

Sub-national advocacy for family planning can help secure funding and increase access to contraceptives. For example, in Senegal, sub-national advocacy helped ensure that mayors and other local leaders made financial commitments to family planning.

Specifically, sub-national advocacy can help:

  • Establish a budget line item for family planning at the local level (as evidenced in Kenya and other locations)
  • Increase resource allocation at the local level (in Indonesia, village-level advocacy helped ensure family planning was in community-level budgets)
  • Include family planning in local integrated plans
  • Create more favorable public attitudes toward family planning, as evidenced in Nigeria

These results can in turn lead to greater contraceptive prevalence rates and lowered maternal mortality and infant mortality rates.

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