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Expanding Access To Family Planning Critical To Health Of All People

Huffington Post: When There’s No Olympic Opt-Out: Reproductive Rights In The Time Of Zika
David Fleming, PATH’s vice president of public health, and Milka Dinev, regional adviser for the Latin American and Caribbean Forum of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition

“…Empowering women to control their reproductive outcomes is a critical, highly effective strategy for preventing the most damaging effects of Zika, and it’s something we can do right now. … [T]he benefits of expanding access to voluntary, rights-based family planning extend beyond Zika. When women and girls can take charge of their reproductive health, it yields exponential gains — improving their lives as well as the health, productivity, and prosperity of their families and communities. Epidemics always expose inequity, with the poor and marginalized paying the highest price. … [I]t’s incumbent upon all of us to make sure men and women in Zika-affected areas have the same power to protect their families [as those with more resources have]” (8/9).