Since 2012, 24.4 million more women and girls are accessing modern contraception, bringing the total to 290.6 million users in the 69 FP2020 focus countries. Yet as we take time to celebrate these gains for women and girls, we know that there are still places in the world where a woman’s choice to use those contraceptives is not a given. As of 2015, 10 million fewer women and girls have been reached with lifesaving contraception than we had hoped by this time. Continuing at this pace means that millions of women and girls will not receive the family planning services and supplies they need to support their fundamental right to make decisions about their reproductive health. JSI’s Leslie Patykewich looks at the gains that have been made in ensuring women and girls have access to contraceptive information, services and supplies, and ways to address the barriers that are still faced.
Alexis Heaton and Leslie Patykewich explain the critical role that strong supply chains play in ensuring we meet our commitments to women in need of reproductive health services.
For Universal Health Coverage (UCH) Day, JSI’s Leslie Patykewich underscores the necessity of reproductive health commodity security to realizing UHC.
On World Population Day, JSI’s Tanvi Pandit-Rajani and Leslie Patykewich imagine a shift in international development toward a market-based approach that will help ensure that whole populations are reached with the right commodities, at the right price, at the right time, regardless