International Family Planning 2014: Seven Trends to Watch
What’s on the docket for international family planning in 2014? Here are seven issues and trends to watch for.
China’s One-Child Policy appears to be headed for a change. An easing of the rules could add 1 million or more births per year in the world’s largest nation.
After a sluggish start, the impact of FP2020 commitments should start to kick in. The Jadelle implant access initiative has commenced delivery of product to key countries. Two large monitoring projects (Track20 and PMA 2020) are now in place to track progress. A number of governments have committed resources and political will to further FP2020 goals. What happens in the next 12 months should set the pace for action and show whether or not we will be able to reach 2020 goals on schedule.
Digital technology is fast becoming a way to reach (especially young) people with messages on family planning. In Ethiopia, TemariNet reaches thousands of students with key information while promoting music and online chatting. Youtube ads promote birth spacing and IUDs in Pakistan. In Ghana, Marie Stopes uses Facebook to promote its clinics while the NoYawa program to educate youth on sex uses Twitter. World Health Partners uses telemedicine to provide family planning to rural communities. These new technologies and media are gaining traction around the world and provide new opportunities to reach consumers directly.
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