DKT International Newsletter

December 2016

Dear Friend of DKT,

As the end of 2016 draws near, the international family planning community has much to reflect on. With the beginning of a new US presidential administration, there are increasing concerns over the future of family planning both at home and abroad. However, solidarity within the family planning community and increased innovation in contraceptive technology and delivery will help us to provide contraception to more women worldwide. Regardless of political changes, DKT and our partners will continue to find new ways to make birth control and reproductive healthcare available to those who want it.
Read on for information on the family planning trends to watch out for in 2017 and for the details on DKT's newest commitment to Family Planning 2020. As always, we are grateful for your interest and support for family planning.

Best regards,

Chris Purdy
Official Commitment to FP2020
DKT has committed to generating 10 million incremental CYPs
by December 2020
DKT recently announced its formal commitment to Family Planning 2020, a multilateral partnership which aims to provide 120 million women in developing countries with voluntary access to contraception. 

DKT expects to provide an incremental 10 million couple years of protection (CYPs) by 2020 and will invest $320 million from DKT's sales revenue and discretionary resources over that same period of time. DKT currently operates in 17 countries designated as critical to the FP2020 mission, and has plans to launch in an additional 11 FP2020 countries throughout West Africa and Latin America in 2017 and 2018.  
Nigeria's Gains in Family Planning

Midwives and nurses learning to
inject Sayana Press

As a country, Nigeria has made tremendous progress in increasing contraceptive use. A recent report by PMA2020 shows that modern contraceptive use is up to 16% among married Nigerian women, up from 9.8% in 2013. This increase reflects a combined effort of the Nigerian government and many hard-working organizations. 

In other good news, the Nigerian Ministry of Health recently approved the injectable contraceptive Sayana Press for self-administration. Recent monitoring and evaluation data suggest that Sayana Press could be especially appealing to new and young users, and it is our hope that the ability to self-administer the contraceptive will remove a significant barrier to access. 

As part of its on-going effort to increase contraceptive access, DKT holds workshops throughout Nigeria to train healthcare providers to administer contraceptives, including Sayana Press.
DKT in the News

DKT's partnership with the Bill & Melinda
 Gates Foundation forecasts a shift in
social impact investing
Inside Philanthropy recently published an article
concerning the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's support of international family planning in general and of DKT in particular. 
The foundation also awarded DKT a $12.5 million loan- the first of its kind to be awarded by the foundation. This funding is results based such that DKT must meet certain achievements for women's health to receive full funding in 2018-2020. It is our hope that this innovative and transparent financing mechanism will facilitate great strides in increasing contraceptive access in FP2020 countries and worldwide.

In a recent article for Devex, DKT President Chris Purdy and founder Phil Harvey highlighted trends in family planning to watch for in 2017. The article addresses the increased uncertainty regarding the future of US government funding for family planning, and predicts that the Trump administration will reinstate the global gag rule. Despite this, Purdy and Harvey predict many positive trends for 2017, including increased grassroots support for family planning organizations and increased access to user-friendly contraceptives such as Sayana Press and the Caya diaphragm.

Last Chance to Give for 2016


With the end of the year approaching, we are making one last bid for your support for 2016. Donor support is integral to the work DKT does to increase the availability and affordability of contraceptives worldwide. As a highly transparent and cost-effective non-profit, your support goes a long way with DKT; as little as $2.00 of donor support helps us provide a couple with a year's supply of contraceptives. You can donate online via our

Cows and Contraception

DKT participates in community festivals and fairs to spread awareness of family planning options

DKT's program in Bihar, India recently participated in the Sonepur cattle fair, an annual celebration of cattle that attracts over 800,000 attendees. DKT hosted two stalls promoting its Surya clinics and providing both contraception and counseling services. DKT hosted games, raffle drawings, and gave away free condoms and pads. DKT also hired a street theater group to promote its contraceptive services and products, which spurred many visitors to talk with Surya clinic ambassadors. 


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