Sexual and reproductive health

Family Planning Summit

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with participation by other partners (including technical assistance from USAID), sponsored a high-level event in London on World Population Day, July 11, to galvanize political commitment and financial resources from developing countries, donors, the private sector, civil society and other partners to meet the family planning needs of women in the world’s poorest countries by 2020. The ultimate goal is to ensure women in developing countries have the same access to life-saving family planning information, services, and supplies as women in developed countries.

In order to inform the Summit, WHO and HRP* have developed a series of policy briefs summarizing the latest evidence on family planning as a critical health and development issue and a key intervention for the survival of women and children. WHO’s firm commitment to family planning was reaffirmed at the Summit by Director-General, Dr Margaret F.C. Chan. Dr Michael Mbizvo, Director, Department of Reproductive Health and Research also attended the Summit.

A midwife discusses family planning with men and women, Uganda

A midwife discusses family planning with men and women, Uganda
Diana Nambatya/Photoshare.

* UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP)

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Widening choice and access to family planning

Through its research on contraceptive methods and its work to promote family planning, highlighted in this video, HRP* aims to prevent unplanned pregnancies thus reducing maternal deaths and morbidities, decreasing the numbers of unsafe abortions, and ensuring families and communities become healthier and stronger

Guidance and counselling tools