50 Years of Family Planning at USAID: Successes, Political Challenges, and Future Directions
Since President Lyndon B. Johnson created the USAID population program in 1965, it has evolved in tandem with the global discourse on population and demography. “The agency’s family planning program is as relevant today as it ever was, and is necessary,” said Jennifer Adams, deputy assistant administrator of the U.S. Agency of International Development’s Bureau for Global Health. The bureau houses the Office of Population and Reproductive Health, which implements U.S. development and relief efforts to expand access to modern contraceptives, fight HIV/AIDS, reduce unsafe abortions, and protect the health of women and children. [Video Below]
In a detailed look at the Office’s history, impact, and future, the current director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Ellen Starbird, joined five former directors at the Wilson Center on the 50th anniversary of the program.
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