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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.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

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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Improving sexual and reproductive health and rights for young adolescents in Kenya

The underlying causes for adolescent pregnancy and resulting school dropout are complex and include issues such as parent-child communication, gender inequity, a lack of services and high-quality comprehensive sexuality education for young adolescents (aged 10-14 years). With the majority of Kenya's population under 25 years, and two out of every five people under the age of 15, there is an urgent need for change.

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Condoms Are Superheroes

We’re confident that by revolutionizing the female condom – making it fit a woman’s body better and enhancing pleasure – we can help more people want to protect their sexual health while simultaneously improving sex.

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