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7 International Family Planning Issues To Consider In 2017

Devex: Opinion: 7 international family planning trends that will shape 2017
Christopher H. Purdy, president and CEO of DKT International, and Phil Harvey, chair of the DKT Board of Directors

“Use of modern contraception is increasing in developing countries, including in historically low-performing regions such as West Africa. However, contraceptive adoption must rise further in order to reach the ambitious goal of 120 million more family planning users by 2020 set by the Family Planning 2020 movement. In this complex global policy area there are numerous trends that will play out in 2017 — and beyond — that need to be monitored. We outline the major issues to watch out for below: 1. A focus on FP2020 goals — increasing quantity and quality. … 2. The Trump effect. … 3. The abortion pill — use is increasing. … 4. Condoms are here to stay. … 5. Some ‘new’ contraceptives (and how we use them). … 6. Young people are key. … 7. The Zika effect…” (12/21).