Recognizing the Importance of Family Planning on this World Population Day

Today is World Population Day—a day when the international health and development communities focus on the urgency and importance of population issues. This year’s theme is “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.”

In its latest analysis of the data, the Guttmacher Institute estimates that meeting the current unmet need for family planning and providing full care for all pregnant women and newborns in the developing world would decrease unintended pregnancies by a whopping 75%. Newborn deaths would decline by 80%; maternal deaths by 25%.

These statistics are staggering—and speak to the urgency of funding family planning programs globally. Currently, 214 million women and girls of reproductive age across the developing world want to avoid pregnancy but aren’t using modern contraceptives. When women and girls are empowered to control their own fertility, they are also freed to pursue an education, become economically self-sufficient, and provide stability for the children they already have. Entire communities benefit when women make their own choices about whether and when to have children.

Expanding global access to family planning has been central to Population Connection’s mission since our founding as ZPG in 1968. You can learn more about the connections between population and health and human rights by exploring the links below.

 

Magazine Articles

Baby Blues: Myanmar’s Desperate Need for Family Planning Services

“Please, I am Out of Options”—Inside the Murky World of DIY Abortions

Why Uganda’s Teenage Girls Could Hold the Key to its Prosperity

In Latin America, an Exception to Falling Birth Draws Raises New Scrutiny

Boom! Earth’s Population Could hit 12 Billion by 2100

 

Fact Sheets

Demographic Dividend: The Economic Boost that Follows a Switch to Low Fertility

Empowering Women Empowers Us All

The Global Gag Rule: A Shameful and Undemocratic Policy

 

Blog Posts

Unmet Need for Family Planning Declines to 214 Million

We Have to Face the Facts on International Family Planning

Access to Family Planning is a Human Right

Social Justice Requires Family Planning

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