Family Planning Results In Health, Economic Benefits
Huffington Post: Let’s Not Be Squeamish About Family Planning’s Fiscal Benefits
Pape Amadou Gaye, president and CEO of IntraHealth International
“…We at IntraHealth International and in the global health community must focus not only on getting young people involved and making sure women and girls have access to education, health care, and equal opportunities for employment; we must also help high-level policymakers and other stakeholders understand the great demand for family planning and advocate to them to take full advantage of the window of opportunity the demographic dividend opens when fertility rates decline, new jobs are created, and economies prosper. … Family planning is one of the smartest investments we can make. … It will help countries that have been receiving aid become independent and autonomous faster, which means less need for international development assistance. It makes health sense. It makes economic sense. And we should certainly not shy away from that” (9/24).