Every day, women and girls who have access to family planning (FP) services are empowered to make lifesaving choices such as delaying motherhood, spacing pregnancies and avoiding unintended pregnancies. Each year, these choices prevent as many as one in every three maternal deaths and more than 2 million infant and child deaths.1
Yet, many more lives could be saved. Satisfying all unmet need for modern contraception in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) could lead to 67 million fewer unintended pregnancies, 23 million fewer unplanned births and 35 million fewer abortions each year.2
What Jhpiego Is Doing
With the goal of allowing every woman and girl to choose the contraceptive method that best suits her life stage and lifestyle, Jhpiego works within LMIC health systems to:
Advocate for Access
- We advocate and work systemically to initiate and sustain access to high-quality contraceptive and FP services for every woman and girl with unmet needs, translating the latest evidence-based materials into country-specific and client-focused policies and practices, updating performance standards, revising training packages and strengthening monitoring tools and compliance measures.
Cervical cancer prevention (CECAP) and breast health
Increase Points of Care
- We ensure that health care workers are trained on the latest methods, from fertility awareness, such as the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM); methods a woman can self-administer or receive from a lay health worker, such as subcutaneous injectables; long-acting and reversible contraceptives, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants; to permanent methods such as male and female sterilization.
- We work with governments to demonstrate and then integrate into policy strategies for delivering contraceptives to appropriately trained health workers on every level of the health care system.
- We work to create one-stop delivery of services, taking every opportunity to provide women with information about their contraceptive and FP choices: when they attend antenatal care, deliver in a facility, bring their children to a clinic for immunizations, or seek treatment for chronic diseases such as HIV.
- We make information about contraception accessible by deploying and testing counseling methodologies and tools, developing and testing tools for explaining how contraceptives work in the body, and using an array of communication channels, including mobile, to inform women and their families.
- We work with global partners such as the World Health Organization and Family Planning 2020, country stakeholders including ministries of health, and other public and private sector agents to bend the curve toward satisfying unmet contraceptive and FP needs.