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30 Minute Podcast: Focus on Family Planning

July 9, 2012 • Family Planning, HIV/AIDS, Reproductive Health, Daily Email Recap

The U.K.’s Guardian is actively covering the run-up to the London Summit on Family Planning. Below is a brief write-up that accompanies a 36 minute podcast. Navigate here to listen to the podcast: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/audio/2012/jul/02/global-development-podcast-family-planning?intcmp=122

Global development podcast: focus on family planning
On 11 July London is to host a global summit on family planning. Here, our panel discusses how and why such a controversial issue has become a worldwide priority, what are the political and practical challenges – and what is at stake in such debates?

  • Presented by Annie Kelly and produced by Matt Hill and Iain Chambers
  • guardian.co.uk, Monday 2 July 2012 09.21 EDT

Family planning is notoriously one of the most politicised and divisive areas in development. Yet in July world leaders will descend on London for a global summit to raise “unprecedented political commitment and resources” to increase access to family planning information, services and supplies in developing countries.

How has such a taboo topic become a worldwide priority? What is driving this renaissance of interest in family planning? How do you tackle the practical – and political – challenges of expanding access? And what is at stake in these debates?

To discuss these issues, Annie Kelly is joined in the studio by Julia Bunting, head of the UK Department for International Development’s reproductive health team, Yasmin Ahmed, senior regional director for Asia at Marie Stopes International, and Neil Datta, co-ordinator of the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development. They are joined on the phone from Bangalore by Gita Sen, professor at the Centre for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management.

We also hear from Sarah Boseley, the Guardian’s health editor, Carmen Barrosso, western hemisphere director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Ney Costa, from the Brazilian NGO Bemfam, and from readers who commented on our talk point.


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