In the 5 years since Melinda Gates kicked off a global initiative to advance efforts to help women safely plan their families, more than 30 million women and youth worldwide have received contraceptives. The Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) initiative focuses on ensuring that women have access to FP services by assisting countries in meeting their FP goals. Preventing an unintended pregnancy and spacing births at least 3 years apart have a substantial impact on women’s health. Expanding access to FP services to address women’s unmet need for contraceptives is a key component of Jhpiego’s mission to improve the lives of women and their families.
Our commitment to FP2020 focuses on initiating and increasing access to postpartum family planning (PPFP)—the time immediately following a birth or loss of pregnancy in which a woman’s need for FP options is often underestimated. The education of health care providers in the skill of counseling women about the health benefits of PPFP and in offering services for a variety of methods gives women the opportunity to space their pregnancies and gain access to quality services to plan their families for the betterment of all. In just 2016 alone, Jhpiego’s support led to 2.2 million new FP users.