USAID Committed To Improving Access To Voluntary Family Planning Options

Ellen Starbird, director of the USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog” about World Contraception Day, recognized on September 26, which “draws attention to the fact that more than 222 million women in the developing world say they want to delay or avoid pregnancy but are not using a modern method of contraception.” She adds, “USAID works across the globe to enable individuals to access and use affordable, high-quality family planning information, commodities, and services as a means to improve their health and quality of life. … As the world’s largest bilateral donor of family planning, USAID is committed to expanding choice and access to a variety of contraceptive options.” Starbird concludes, “Improving access to voluntary family planning information, products, and services is a necessary ingredient to helping women care for their families, participate in their communities, and build their countries” (9/26).