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.
WHO joins call for renewed focus on family planning
Blogs, releases and actions related to the Family Planning Conference
A midwife discusses family planning with men and women, Uganda
* UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP)