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World Population Day 2016–The Importance of Supply Chains in Family Planning
July 11, 2016

photo of a mother and child at a health center in Karatu District in Tanzania

World Population Day—celebrated on July 11—is a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. This day reminds us that access to contraceptives and family planning health services affects men, women and children across the globe each and every day. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 800 girls and women globally die each day from preventable pregnancies and child-birth related causes. Additionally, 225 million girls and women in developing countries have unmet need for family planning.

To respond to the unmet need, the Family Planning 2020 Initiative (FP2020) was launched at the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012 to provide access to family planning services for an additional 120 million women by 2020. The USAID | DELIVER PROJECT (the project) supports this global partnership by providing family planning and reproductive health commodities to low- and middle-income countries, as well as by working with ministries of health to improve their health supply chains, ensuring that products reach the hands of the people who need them.

The project has supported family planning programs in 69 countries by procuring contraceptives. In the hands of men and women who needed them, commodities procured by the project from 2006-2016 averted more than 1.2 million child deaths and over 220,000 maternal deaths.

But there is more to do. With four years left until 2020—and many women still without access to contraceptives—the project continues to look for innovative and sustainable approaches to improve access to the family planning supplies and services that families need.

Access to family planning enables women and families to make the best reproductive choices for themselves, thereby improving their health, education, and economic well-being. Increasing access to family planning and contraception remains an essential strategy in improving maternal and child health and reducing extreme poverty and is something that the project is committed to doing.

To learn more about the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT's work in family planning, click on the links below:

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