Progress Being Made To Close Gap In Contraceptives Access Among Women But More Effort Needed To Reach Goals, FP2020 Report Shows

News outlets highlight findings from a Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) report released on Thursday, titled “Commitment to Action 2014-2015.”

BBC News: Push to meet ‘shortfall’ in global contraceptives target
“Plans to get contraceptives to millions more women in the world’s poorest countries are behind track, a report by campaigners and donors warns. The goal is for 120 million extra women to have access to contraceptives by 2020. But so far around 25 million more women are using pills or devices such as implants…” (Dreaper, 11/12).

The Guardian: 2020 contraception target for women and girls may be missed, report warns
“…[The FP2020 report] said increases in contraceptive access in the past year had helped prevent 80 million unintended pregnancies and 111,000 maternal deaths in the FP2020 partnership’s 69 focus countries. Despite this progress, the partnership said it was not on track to meet its target of providing 120 million additional women and girls with access to contraception by 2020, a pledge made at the London family planning summit in 2012…” (Kweifio-Okai, 11/13).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Millions more using contraception, especially in South Asia, Africa — report
“A record 290.6 million women and girls in the world’s poorest nations are using modern methods of contraception, averting millions of unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions, a global family planning rights group said on Thursday. The biggest jumps in contraceptive usage since 2012 showed up in South Asia, up 47 percent, and eastern and southern Africa, up 22 percent, 2012, the global partnership FP2020 said in a report…” (Wulfhorst, 11/12).