Sexual and reproductive health

Family planning: a health and development issue, a key intervention for the survival of women and children

Policy brief


WHO, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

Front cover

Publication details

Number of pages: 4
Publication date: 2012
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/12.23


Available research shows that contraception has a striking impact on the lives of women in terms of both improved survival and empowerment. Without access to family planning, women are trapped in a vicious cycle that inhibits their full participation in socioeconomic development. This policy brief summarizes evidence on multiple benefits of family planning: both in health and survival and socioeconomic development of populations, supporting the conviction that family planning should have a much higher profile in international health priorities than it presently occupies.