Listening to Young Leaders

To find out what the youngest leaders of the family planning movement think about expanding contraception, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs K4Health and FP2020’s Family Planning Voices initiative interviewed some of the 2016 World Contraception Day Ambassadors and several winners of 120 Under 40.
Leaders from Uganda, Egypt, Vietnam, and more emphasized the importance of expanding access to sexual and reproductive health services among marginalized populations including LGBTQ populations, people living with disabilities, and indigenous and rural populations; using technology to serve hard-to-reach populations; and tapping the power of storytelling to put underserved populations directly before policymakers, religious leaders, and decision-makers.
Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

About Access … 
Family planning programs can only succeed if contraceptives women want are available and affordable—but shortfalls in funding and bottlenecks in distribution undermine efforts to make contraceptives more accessible.
Erica Belanger, an advocacy adviser at the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Angela Mutunga, the East Africa regional program advisor for Advance Family Planning based at Jhpiego Kenya suggest 4 ways to improve access—from stepping up funding, to greater accountability by governments. They also highlight Uganda’s success tackling the supply side issues by developing an alternative distribution strategy—one that returned forecasting control to local organizations that best know the population’s needs and patterns of use.

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