“Family planning is about hope. It is about health, for oneself and one’s children. And it is a fundamental human right.” —FP2020 2013–2014 Progress Report
Two years after the London Summit on Family Planning, funding for family planning programs and the number of women and girls using modern contraception has increased significantly. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is a critical supporter of Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), a global partnership born out of the London Summit with the goal of providing access to voluntary family planning information, contraceptives, and services to 120 million more women and girls in the world’s poorest countries by 2020. Today, FP2020 released its second annual progress report detailing progress and achievements made in the last year. This year, FP2020’s coordinated, forward-focused efforts have achieved measurable results, including:
- 8.4 million more women and girls using a modern method of family planning in 2013 compared to 2012.
- An additional five countries making commitments to FP2020, bringing the total number of pledging countries up to 29.
- One-half of all FP2020 partner countries now have formal, detailed plans to guide national family planning strategies.
But progress is more than numbers. Family planning’s health benefits spur tangible progress to empower women and girls and protect their reproductive and human rights. Read the report to learn how family planning has transformed the lives of women and girls across the world.