A never before opportunity to strengthen investment and action on adolescent contraception, and what we must do to make full use of it.

8 AUGUST 2017 | ONLINE

By Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli et al.

In 2012, at the London Summit on Family Planning, representatives of more than 20 countries, the research community, the private sector, and multi−/bi-lateral organizations, donors, and foundations came together and forged an agreement to provide modern contraception to an additional 120 million girls and women in 69 of the world’s poorest countries by 2020. Over four years later, important progress has been made, as reported by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), the partnership established following the London Summit.

This includes the finding that of the 300 million women and girls using modern contraception in 2016 across the 69 FP2020 focus countries, more than 30 mil-lion women and girls were added since 2012. However, there still remains a huge gap, especially in relation to meeting the contraceptive needs of adolescents. A key priority area in the upcoming 2017 Family Planning Summit includes more focused attention to the family planning and contraceptive needs of adolescent s, recognizing that progress in this group has been slow and inconsistent. This presents a timely and much-needed opportunity to prioritize the needs and rights of adolescents.