11 December 2017

FP2020’s report reveals family planning wins & challenges in the world’s poorest countries

On 5 December, Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) released its annual report which shows progress made in 2017 towards achieving the target of providing an additional 120 million women and girls with access to modern contraceptive by 2020. The report notes that an additional 38.8 million women and girls are using contraceptives since 2012, and that in the period of July 2016-2017, 84 million unintended pregnancies, 26 million unsafe abortions, and 125,000 maternal deaths were prevented thanks to the use of modern contraception.

Since 2012, the FP2020 partnership has brought together governments, civil society, policymakers, service providers, donors and the private sector to ensure access to lifesaving contraceptives in developing countries. As stated by Beth Schlachter “FP2020 is a country-led movement to empower women and girls by investing in rights-based family planning. That’s revolutionary. It’s what we’ve built together over these last five years—and it’s what’s going to take us into the future”.

The report “FP2020: The Way Ahead” tracks progress made and needs at the global, regional, country and local level by monitoring family planning data across 69 countries. While positive developments have been made and the health systems in the FP2020 countries have improved, around 214 women and girls are still left without access to contraception. The report highlights that achieving  the partnerships’ target is at stake due to the recent shifts in the political landscape: shifting donor priorities for family planning, reduced funds for UNFPA, and changing priorities under the Trump’s administration, including the reinstated “Global Gag Rule”.

What is then the way ahead? “The report shows that the way ahead is charted and that FP2020 is taking advantage of all opportunities. (…) commitment-makers must honor their promises; country governments must do more to provide health care for their citizens; and those citizens must continue to hold public officials to account” (source: FP2020 Press Release).

The full report can be found here