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Presentation of the 2015 Aspen Institute Resolve Awards
May 21, 2015

The 2015 Resolve Award winners make strides toward universal access to reproductive health:

Senegal is the winner of the 2015 Resolve Award for Service Delivery. The country is revolutionizing the availability and supply of contraceptives with its Informed Push Model of distribution. Informed Push uses techniques borrowed from the commercial sector to eliminate inventory stockouts and ensure that women have access to a consistent, reliable supply of family planning products. Development of the system was led by the Ministry of Health, which collaborated with a range of public and private partners to build a robust, sustainable program. The success in Senegal has been dramatic—with stockout frequencies reduced from 80 percent to less than 10 percent—and is already serving as a model for other countries in the region.

The 2015 Resolve Award for Policy Development recognizes the Philippines for its game-changing transformations in the political and regulatory environment for reproductive health. The country’s newly enacted reproductive health law is the result of a 13-year campaign to establish a national reproductive rights and health framework, despite a difficult political climate. The successful culmination of this effort, which was supported by a broad consortium of civil society advocates and government leaders, heralds a new era in health and rights for all Filipinos.

Uruguay is being honored with a 2015 Resolve Award Special Mention for a sharp reduction in maternal deaths. Their approach expanded access to post-abortion care, including providing counseling and access to family planning. Uruguay has reached a MCPR of 75 percent.


  • Dr. Marleen Temmerman, Director, Family, Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization
  • Her Excellency Pamela Hamamoto, Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva
  • Peggy Clark, Executive Director of Aspen Global Health and Development; Vice President of Policy Programs, the Aspen Institute
  • Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, Maternal and Child Survival Coordinator, United States Agency for International Development

Award Recipients: 

  • His Excellency Ricardo González Arenas, Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva
  • Senator Pia S. Cayetano, the Philippines
  • His Excellency Bassirou Sene, Permanent Representative of Senegal to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva