Technical Focus in Family Planning

Technical Focus in Family Planning

Reaching Each Rung of the Health Care Ladder We work to ensure access to—and use of—high-quality, safe and effective voluntary family planning. We work with individuals and communities to explain the variety of contraceptives and how they work, while addressing beliefs and behaviors around their availability and use. We support facilities and providers in efficiently

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Health Workforce

Young midwife in uniform.

Building Local Capacity to Meet Local Needs Worldwide health priorities, such as ending AIDS and malaria and reducing maternal and newborn deaths, require not only hiring more health workers, but also training them to meet their country’s health needs. In 2017, we educated more than 275,200 health care workers—creating a lifeline for communities and bringing

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Malaria in Pregnancy

Why are pregnant women at risk of malaria? Pregnancy reduces a woman’s immunity to malaria, which makes her more susceptible to malaria infection and increases her risk of illness. In pregnant women, malaria can lead to severe anemia, spontaneous abortion (miscarriage), stillbirth, premature delivery, delivery of low-birthweight babies, and death. Women in their first pregnancy

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