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Family Planning 2020: the meaning of progress

November 19, 2014 • Family Planning, Daily Email Recap

Family Planning 2020: the meaning of progress

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Imagine yourself in the following situation: you’ve just walked 12 kilometers through the dusty heat, carrying your baby on your back, to reach the nearest health clinic. You’ve walked there because you don’t have any other means of transportation. But it’s very important that you get to the clinic, because this is your only way to access contraception.  You don’t want to get pregnant again right now- you can’t afford  to physically, emotionally or financially-and your three-month dose of Depo-Provera is about to run out.


But when you get to the clinic, they tell you they’re out of stock of Depo-Provera. You ask about other methods-maybe a contraceptive implant, which you’ve heard good things about, or pills-but those are out of stock too.  In fact, the only contraceptive supplies the clinic has on hand are condoms.  But that won’t work:  your husband absolutely refuses to use a condom. Actually, he doesn’t want you to use contraception at all-and now you need to hurry home before he realizes where you’ve gone.


This story isn’t hypothetical: its everyday reality for millions of women, including many in the world’s poorest countries. Two and half years ago, at the London Summit on Family Planning, the FP2020 movement was launched to turn that reality around. Our goal? To bring modern contraception within reach of 120 million women and girls by the year 2020 so they are empowered to make the decisions they need to about their futures, freely and for themselves.


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