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30M More Women Using Contraception Worldwide Since 2012 But FP2020 Not On Track To Reach Goal, Report Shows

BBC News: More contraception — but will target be met?
“An international campaign to increase the number of women and girls in poor countries using modern contraceptives is falling short of its target. The United Nations-sponsored Family Planning 2020 initiative says 30 million more have been given access to contraception since a summit meeting four years ago. West Africa is one area said to be falling behind…” (11/1).

The Guardian: Contraceptive rates in poorest countries leap by 30 million users in four years
“The number of women in the world’s poorest countries using modern forms of contraception has jumped by more than 30 million in the past four years, according to a report that found the most significant progress had been made in sub-Saharan Africa. … However, a drop in funding for FP2020 last year threatens to derail progress. The initiative is already off-track to reach its target of getting an additional 120 million women and girls using some form of modern contraception by 2020. Over the past four years, 30.2 million more women have begun using family planning, but the number is significantly less — by 19.2 million — than was hoped by the halfway point. Reaching 390 million women and girls by 2020 is the ultimate goal, up from 270 million in 2012…” (Ford, 11/1).

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