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One of the most cost-effective public health interventions is family planning, which can significantly improve the health of women and their families. Family planning enables women and couples to determine the timing and spacing of their children and gives mothers and newborns an opportunity to stay healthy.

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Report shows progress on India's Family Planning commitment

Family planning is one of the most cost-effective and high-yield interventions to improve health outcomes, primarily in reproductive, maternal and child health. The FP2020 India report shows heartening progress.

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Empowering the Next Generation

With the launch of the Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development Grand Challenge, we are looking to invest in innovative programs that expand the body of work and knowledge on the intersection of gender equality, decision-making, and adolescent health and development.

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Kindling family planning change in urban slums

The Urban Health Initiative in Uttar Pradesh, India, is breaking down barriers and increasing access to a range of contraceptive methods in urban slums.

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Universal Access to Reproductive Health Care: A Global Obligation & Opportunity

Providing universal access to reproductive health care — including voluntary family planning — is one of the great human rights issues of the 21st century. It is also one of the smartest investments we can make to create a more equitable and prosperous world.

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Three Things We Know about Family Planning—and Why We Don’t Talk About One of Them

Plenty of obstacles stand in the way of health workers who provide contraception to their clients. And personal bias is one of them.

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