Each year an estimated 74.4 million unintended pregnancies occur in the developing world; primarily among women who had an unmet need for effective contraception.
It is true that national family planning services rely on functional health systems to thrive. Equally true is that family planning has unique, powerful health system effects of its own. Given family planning’s cross cutting, positive effects on maternal health, child and neonatal health, and economic development as a whole, it does in its own … Continue reading “Women Deliver Day 2: Family Planning is a Health System Strengthening Intervention”
Across Russia, a transformation in maternal health care has caught the interests of both doctors and their clients, as the health care industry embraces a patient-centered approach that John Snow, Inc. (JSI) and the Russian Institute for Family Health (IFH) introduced in several regions.
I have had a wonderfully productive visit to Boston, including a side trip to Haiti where I learned more about how JSI puts together proposals to USAID.
Does the decline in abortion rates indicate better reproductive health choices and outcomes for women? And if so, how do we continue to build on this success?
The somewhat wary yet energetically charged group of 12-year-olds responds with a resounding “pituitary gland!” The chorus dies down a bit and predictably becomes interspersed with giggles as we progress to body parts and reproductive anatomy in this “parroting” game we use to break the ice.
When delegates to the London Summit on Family Planning gather Wednesday, they will be meeting to renew efforts to support the rights of women and girls to contraceptive information, services, and supplies. I’m gratified to see this emphasis on rights as the very basis for the summit.
While teen birth rates in the United States have been in decline over the past two decades, the rates are still the highest among developed countries—and by a substantial margin. When we look at the statistics within minority communities, we see that much of that wide margin is due to disparities between white and minority communities