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  • Contraceptive Technology Innovation

    Continued investment in contraceptive technology innovation will enable people worldwide to choose from a broad selection of family planning methods to meet their changing needs.

  • Community-Based Family Planning

    Community-based family planning (CBFP) brings family planning information and contraceptive methods to women and men in the communities where they live rather than requiring them to travel to health facilities. 

  • Advocating for Family Planning Policy

    Advocacy is essential to reaching the Family Planning 2020 goal of delivering contraceptives, information, and services to an additional 120 million women of reproductive age worldwide by the year 2020.

  • Total Market Approach to Family Planning

    A total market approach to family planning harnesses the resources of the entire range of health care providers—public, private (nonprofit and commercial), and donor—to ensure that all people who want family planning services can access them, regardless of their ability to pay.

  • Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives

    LARCs are an essential part of the contraceptive method mix because they are highly effective yet reversible and removable at any time.

  • Contraceptive Security

    Contraceptive security exists when every person is able to choose, obtain, and use quality contraceptives and other essential reproductive health products whenever they need them.

  • Linking Family Planning and Global Development

    Family planning improves not only the health but the overall well-being of women and families around the world. With the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals, the extensive ripple effect of family planning’s benefits across the various goals remains clear.

  • Engaging Men and Boys in Family Planning

    Though traditional family planning programs focus primarily on women, men are often the primary decision makers about family size, health services, and family planning methods. Many women cannot make family planning decisions or access services and products without their male partners’ permission, agreement, or financial support. Programs that optimize the constructive engagement of men can improve health outcomes for women, men, and families.

  • Knowledge Management for Global Health

    Global health organizations that adopt knowledge management strategies and practices can strengthen the performance of health care workers and programs. By doing so, they can improve health outcomes and even save lives. Using social processes, knowledge management ensures that people have the know-how they need, when they need it.

  • Integrating Family Planning and HIV Services

    Integration improves health outcomes by offering comprehensive sexual and reproductive services to women and couples who are affected by HIV and at risk for unintended pregnancy. Delivering these services separately results in a missed opportunity that may weaken their effectiveness and quality and stall progress toward achieving key health outcomes and safeguarding human rights.

  • Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy

    Adolescent pregnancy is a global public health and human rights concern. Each year more than 7 million births occur to girls under age 18, and 2 million of those births occur to girls under 15. Childbearing is one of the leading causes of death among adolescent girls and can result in lasting physical, social, and economic harm to both the young mothers and their children.

  • Family Planning Workforce

    The health workforce includes personnel who provide health services, such as doctors, nurses, and community health workers, as well as those who support health services, such as hospital managers and supply chain managers. Supporting the family planning health workforce is essential so that countries can increase contraceptive prevalence rates, reduce unmet need for family planning, and meet the Millennium Development Goals and other targets.

  • Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy

    Healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy promotes informed decision-making about delaying, spacing, or limiting pregnancies to achieve the healthiest outcomes for women, newborns, infants, and children. HTSP centers on free and informed choice with respect to fertility intentions and desired family size.

  • Integrating Family Planning and Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Services

    Pregnancies spaced too closely together pose serious health risks to both mothers and children, yet many postpartum women have an unmet need for family planning. Capitalizing on opportunities to provide family planning information, services, and referrals when mothers and children are already at a health facility to receive safe delivery, immunization, nutrition, or other health services can save time and money and reach more women with essential services.