Lome, Togo – On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, the United States Government, through its International Development Agency (USAID) organized an official launch ceremony for a five-year family planning project called AmplifyPF. This project will be implemented in four countries: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger and Togo.
In his speech, the Ambassador of the United States of America to Togo said: “In Togo, the use of family planning services remains low, due to insufficient access to good information on family planning and modern contraceptive methods, as well as to the persistence of socio-cultural constraints. As a result, there is a negative impact on the health of women and children under five years of age and on the country’s socio-economic development.”
In order to address these unmet family planning needs and improve maternal and child health in Togo, the AmplifyPF project will aim to mobilize partners to maximize impact and expand access to and use of quality family planning services. The project will be implemented in two health districts of Lomé and one health district in the Avé Maritime region.
The Ambassador congratulated the Government of Togo for all its efforts and for having a family planning repositioning plan for the period 2017-2022, the main areas of intervention of which are helping to increase the modern contraceptive prevalence rate from 24% in 2017 to 35.5% in 2022. In light of the progress made since 2011 in family planning, and with the Togolese government’s commitment to reduce unmet need for family planning, Togo will be well positioned to meet the targets set under the “Ouagadougou Partnership” in 2020.