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FP2020 Reports Progress On Family Planning, But Faces An Uphill Battle (Devex)

December 5, 2017

From the article:

LONDON — A global partnership to drive access to family planning services has reported that almost 40 million more women and girls are using contraception since the initiative launched five years ago.
However, rates of progress are still falling short of what is needed to reach the partnership’s targets and those set by the Sustainable Development Agenda.
Furthermore, with donor funding for family planning declining for the second year in a row and the full force of the United States cuts set to kick in across the sector next year, progress is likely to become more challenging.
The update report by the Family Planning 2020, or FP2020, partnership, published Tuesday, tracks progress made over the last year towards achieving the target of providing an additional 120 million women and girls with access to modern contraceptive methods by 2020...
Amanda Glassman, health expert at the Center for Global Development, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, made the point that “any progress is good progress” and that FP2020 targets “were not projected based on a model,” and may have been “over-optimistic.”
The report also claims that between 2016 and 2017, 84 million unintended pregnancies were prevented as a result of FP2020’s efforts; as were 26 million unsafe abortions, and 125,000 maternal deaths.

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