As we commemorate World Contraception Day 2016, we must note that approximately 225 million women worldwide still lack access to a modern method of contraception. Increasing access to family planning was a premier goal of the Millennium Development Goals, and if we are to achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals and the FP2020 goal of reaching 120 million new users of contraception in the world’s poorest 69 countries, we must provide people with readily available contraception.
The Advancing Partners and Communities applied a human-centered approach to addressing challenges to Tanzania’s community health worker system at a two-day intensive workshop in Mbeya.
In many places around the world, the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women are tenuous at best, and years of progress can be washed away instantly by socio-political changes. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we must remember that preserving—or reclaiming— the dignity of girls and women requires continuous efforts, even when it seems like the battle is already won.
In Guyana and Kenya, Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) is working to protect and advance women’s rights by decreasing instances of gender-based violence and female genital mutilation/cutting through the capacity building of local organizations.
Presently, more than 222 million women worldwide want to avoid pregnancy, but they are not using a modern method of contraception. Improving access to family planning programs and contraception is essential to help lift women and their families out of poverty around the globe.