Online condom distribution aims to curb contraception’s steep decline in India, linked to social stigma around purchasing birth control in public. India is likely to surpass China’s 1.37 billion population in 6 years.

Family dynamics and a dearth of knowledge of—and access to— family planning leave West and Central Africa with some of the world's lowest contraception rates. That is quickly changing in Senegal.   1 in 4 married Senegalese women and girls aged 15-49 now use contraception,…

DKT México, an NGO focused on promoting contraception and preventing HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean, is infusing its educational efforts with humor and fun—and finding a receptive teenage audience.

Melinda Gates called on leaders yesterday to prioritize family planning on the global agenda, saying contraceptives are “one of the greatest anti-poverty innovations the world has ever known.”Access to birth control improves child health and education prospects because…

Leaders gearing up for tomorrow’s Family Planning Summit in London face a steep challenge to step up family planning efforts as sharp aid cuts threaten progress.

In the aftermath of the election, US women took to social media to advocate a form of birth control that could outlast 2 presidential terms: long-term intrauterine devices (IUDs).  

Melinda Gates believes helping women in developing countries access contraception could break the cycle of poverty for many.   The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which Gates leads with her husband, has invested more than $1 billion on family planning and will spend…

Following horror stories of forced sterilizations, India’s supreme court ruled sterilization camps—some run by the government—illegal and gave the government 3 years to shut the camps down.   While it marked a victory for human rights activists who have fought the…

Female market porters in Accra, Ghana—known as kayayei—often lack traditional community and family ties, making them especially vulnerable to sexual abuse, assault and unplanned pregnancies.   Many of these women and girls—some as young as 10—turn to DIY abortions in a…

In DRC, only 1/2 of all married women use any contraception. In Burkina Faso, the use of long-acting reversible contraception is on the uptick.