Addressing Threats To Contraceptive Security Critical To Achieving SDGs, Universal Access To Family Planning Methods By 2030
Devex: Big questions remain about global contraceptive access
Beth Schlachter, executive director of FP2020, and John Skibiak, director of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition
“…[I]t will take much more than funding alone to meet the growing global need for contraceptives. The supply chain that moves family planning products into the hands of the women who want and need them is a lifeline that must be protected and strengthened. … Information is vital — stronger data collection and analysis allows countries and stakeholders to better isolate and analyze trends … Cultural and religious taboos must also be addressed in certain communities … As we embark on the final four years of the FP2020 initiative, and look toward the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals and universal access to contraceptives by 2030, the threats to contraceptive security must be addressed and overcome. The family planning community must reflect urgently on what works well, where course corrections are needed for greater impact, how we can make active interventions to accelerate progress, and ultimately, how we can deliver on the big promise we have made to millions of women and girls” (10/13).