'The number of users of modern contraception in the 69 FP2020 focus countries has grown by 53 million since FP2020 was launched, including 9 million additional users just since last year.'
This is the headline fiding of a new report from FP2020. Read online: http://progress.familyplanning2020.org/introduction
Global Health Now reports: 'There are now 314 million women and girls in 69 low-income countries using modern contraception. 9 countries - including Mozambique, Chad, Camerroon, and the Kyrgyz Republic - are on track to achieve their FP2020 ggoals for contraceptive use. Another 13 countries are just a few percentage points away. FP2020 acknowledges that they've fallen short of their original ambition to reach 120 million women and girls - but the progress is 30% higher tthan the historic trendline. “We found that sometimes the goal itself can mask the levels of progress that are underneath it,” Beth Schlachter, executive director of Family Planning 2020, told Devex.'
'When FP2020 was launched in 2012, it was with the recognition that the important work of expanding global contraceptive access had stalled, and that a new partnership was needed to jumpstart progress. In the past seven years we have made enormous strides—not only in reaching millions of women and girls with modern contraception, but in strengthening a robust international community of practice that will carry this work forward.'
Our collective understanding of what progress means in family planning has deepened, and with it our sensitivity to the different goals that can be set and the various outcomes that can be measured. Raising the modern contraceptive prevalence rate is one indicator of success, but so is reducing inequity, increasing the number of skilled providers, eliminating stock-outs, and moving the needle on social norms. Those are all critical elements that contribute to an environment in which everyone — women, men, adolescents, and young people, no matter where they live or who they are — can make an informed decision about family planning.
Best wishes, Neil
Joint Coordinator, HIFA Project on Family Planning
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