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More Women Using Modern Contraception, But Number Not On Track To Meet 2020 Goal, FP2020 Report Shows

Associated Press: More women in poor countries use contraception, says report
“More women and girls in poor countries are using modern contraception, signifying progress in efforts to involve women in family planning, according to a report released Monday. The number of women and girls using contraceptives in 69 of the world’s poorest countries surpassed 317 million in 2018, representing 46 million more users than in 2012, said the report by Family Planning 2020, a U.N.-backed global advocacy group working to promote rights-based family planning…” (Ssuuna/Muhumuza, 11/12).

Devex: Progress on family planning way off target, FP2020 update reveals
“…International funding for family planning has also increased, albeit slightly, from $1.2 billion in 2016 to $1.27 billion in 2017. This remains below the 2014 peak of $1.43 billion. For the first time, FP2020 also reports on domestic government spending on family planning in 31 countries, showing that India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia had the highest allocations in 2016…” (Edwards, 11/13).

Global Health NOW: Summoning up Superheroes
“…[S]ince 2012, when the world pledged to expand voluntary family planning access to an additional 120 [million] women and girls by 2020, 46 million new women and girls have gained access — meaning that the world is not on track to reach the original 120 by 2020 goal…” (Myers, 11/13).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: World set to miss contraception goal leaving millions of women behind
“…[T]o reach the goal of an additional 120 million by 2020, another 74 million women would have to start the practice in the next two years, said the report issued by FP2020, a global partnership of governments, donors, advocacy groups, and others. ‘We’re not on track to achieve that goal,’ Jason Bremner, director of data and performance management at FP2020, the group that set the target for the world’s 69 poorest countries…” (Wulfhorst, 11/12).

Xinhua News: More women, adolescent girls in lowest-income countries use modern contraceptives: report
“…According to the report, access to modern contraception helped prevent 119 million unintended pregnancies, 20 million unsafe abortions, and 137,000 maternal deaths from July 2017 to July 2018…” (11/13).