Family planning; addressing the gaps for young people

Y-SNAP - Youth SRHR Network in east and south east Asia and Pacific

Last week, on 11 July 2012 the UK Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with UNFPA and IPPF has conducted the Family Planning summit in London. This event is one of the milestones to bring the world’s attention toward family planning agenda worldwide. At the end of the summit, governments, private foundations, NGOs, and medical companies will be mobilized to support the commitment made from this summit. Global policy, financing, commodity, and service delivery will support commitment to fulfill the rights of an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries to use contraceptive information, services and supplies, without coercion or discrimination, by 2020.

It is clear that once a country has a family planning program that is rights-based, it can help prevent more young girls from having unplanned pregnancies and also from dying in childbirth. These features contributed in reducing the number…

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