Family Planning Efforts Can Influence Progress On All SDGs, Other Health Areas Need Greater Emphasis To Achieve Goals

Devex: What works and what’s missing in the new global goals
Pape Amadou Gaye, president and CEO of IntraHealth International

“…[W]e’re approaching the International Conference on Family Planning in Nusa Dua, Indonesia, where the global community will gather next week to share best practices, celebrate successes, and plan the future of global family planning. This field happens to affect each of the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] in one way or another. So as we prepare for this, let’s consider what works and what’s missing in the SDGs: … We must make health workers and access to them integral to our plan for 2030. … The private sector’s resources are vast, but we must forge meaningful partnerships and maintain a strong sense of social accountability if we’re to work together effectively. … We have the will. Let’s focus on the how. And what better place to start than with family planning, an area of health care whose far-reaching effects will influence our progress toward each of the SDGs?…” (11/3).