Innovative Partnership to Deliver Convenient Contraceptive in a New Way
USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the United Nations Population Fund, Pfizer, and PATH announced today an initiative to offer an injectable contraceptive to up to 3 million women in the world’s poorest countries, which will provide women in the hardest-to-reach areas access to a popular and effective family planning method. The product prevents pregnancy for three months with a single sub-cutaneous injection using the pre-filled, auto-disable Uniject device developed with USAID support. The proposed contraceptive’s unique delivery system makes it more portable and easier to use than other options, allowing injections to be delivered by health care workers to women at home or in other convenient settings.
Lancet Commentary: Giving Women the Power to Plan Their Families
Millions of girls and women in the world’s poorest countries can transform their lives if needs for family planning — to delay, space, and limit childbearing — are met. Despite progress in some areas of the world, this situation has changed little in the past decade. Read a recently released commentary in The Lancet’s special series on family planning by USAID Administrator Raj Shah; Bob Carr, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs; Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Andrew Mitchell, U.K. Secretary of State for International Development.
Since the mid-1960s, USAID has helped host nations by providing strategic support for family planning programs throughout the developing world. Today, USAID supports programing in more than 45 countries.
Statement for Collective Action for Postpartum Family Planning
Today at the Summit on Family Planning in London, the U.S. Agency for International Development, United Nations Fund for Population Assistance, the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and several other major international agencies have joined together and endorsed a Statement for Collective Action for Postpartum Family Planning for all programs that reach women in facilities and communities during the first year following a birth to ensure the systematic integration of Postpartum Family Planning counseling and services into their programs.
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