Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues…

Voluntary Family Planning Investments Key To Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

The Guardian: Family planning is a key development goal that needs greater investment
John Bongaarts, vice president of the Population Council

“Family planning is much more than a vital health and human rights intervention … Investments in voluntary family planning are also investments in sustainable development, and therefore should be of as much of concern to ministers of finance as to ministers of health. … Family planning is assigned a low national priority, relegated to the health budgets of donors and the portfolios of health ministers, who are often battling a range of other health issues. From a broader perspective, this low priority is a mistake, because family planning programs have a wide array of development benefits that often are under-appreciated. … Family planning must therefore be reclassified as a development intervention. If we’re truly serious about meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, we must embrace the rare investment opportunities that drive progress on many different development fronts — family planning chief among them” (8/1).

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Headquarters: 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025 | Phone 650-854-9400
Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270

www.kff.org | Email Alerts: kff.org/email | facebook.com/KaiserFamilyFoundation | twitter.com/KaiserFamFound

Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, California.