28 November 2013, Amsterdam – Today, 28 November 2013, the Universal Access to Female Condoms Joint Programme (UAFC) has won the Public-Private-Partnership Award. This PPP-Award is meant to celebrate successful partnerships between the Dutch government and organisations. One can only win this award by the number of votes from the general public. In Public-Private-Partnerships trade and industry, civil society organisations and knowledge centers come together to solve development problems. The objective is to come to a solution for specific problems too big to solve for one party. This way risks, responsibilities, funds and competences are shared and this integral approach will lead to sustainable designs.
The UAFC Joint Programme is a consortium of three civil society organisations: Rutgers, Oxfam Novib, i+solutions, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. UAFC stands for Universal Access to Female Condoms: to make female condoms available, accessible and affordable for all.
In the consortium UAFC is trying to:
b) help increase in the availability of different kinds of female condoms, and,
c) help reduce its price on the market.
Why Female Condoms?
The female condom can help women getting access to contraception and is a method that contributes to reducing HIV-infection and unintended pregnancies. It is the only form of contraceptive that can be initiated by women and that provides dual protection: it protects one from pregnancy as well as STIs. Despite its enormous potential, the female condom is unfortunately not yet everywhere available, accessible or affordable. It still needs to be marketed because many people still have not heard of it. This is why the Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC) Joint Programme started with programmes in Nigeria and Cameroon, and Mozambique.
For the second year in a row this Partnership Election is being organised by The Punchy Pack, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and several other partners.
Website: (Dutch) www.departnershipverkiezing.nl