Great Gains in Africa

53 million more women have gained access to modern since Family Planning 2020 launched in 2012, according to the group’s new progress report—with the sharpest increases in Eastern and Southern Africa.
 
There are now 314 million women and girls in 69 low-income countries using modern contraception. 9 countries—including Mozambique, Chad, Cameroon, and the Kyrgyz Republic—are on track to achieve their FP2020 goals for contraceptive use. Another 13 countries are just a few percentage points away.
 
FP2020 acknowledges that they've fallen short of their original ambition to reach 120 million women and girls—but the progress is 30% higher than the historic trendline.
 
“We found that sometimes the goal itself can mask the levels of progress that are underneath it,” Beth Schlachter, executive director of Family Planning 2020, told Devex

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