New FP2020 Report Shows 8.4 Million More Women Have Access to Contraception

The number of women with access to modern contraceptives has risen by 8.4 million in the 69 FP2020 focus countries, according to Family Planning 2020 (FP2020)’s second progress report, Partnership in Progress, which was launched today in London. The report highlights progress made since the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, and includes new data on access to modern contraceptives, triumphs in policy and advances in contraceptive technology.

The 2012 London Summit on Family Planning was a groundbreaking event for the reproductive health and rights community. Leaders from more than 20 governments around the world pledged to expand contraceptive access to an additional 120 million girls and women in the world’s 69 poorest countries by 2020, and donors pledged an additional $2.6 billion in funding. This continuing endeavor is being led, tracked and strengthened by FP2020.

There has been considerable progress in the past year. Five more countries made commitments to FP2020 in 2013—Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Mauritania and Myanmar—bring the total number of participating countries to 29. This marks 42% of FP2020’s 69 target countries. Currently, one-half of all FP2020 partner countries have formal plans in place to guide national family planning strategies.

Also in 2013, donor governments provided $1.3 billion in funding—almost 20% more than the amount provided in 2012. The US was the largest bilateral donor, providing almost half (45%) of all bilateral funding with $585 million. The UK was the second, followed by the Netherlands, Sweden and Canada.

Thanks to these continued efforts, more girls and women than ever before have access to modern contraceptives. In 2013, the use of modern contraceptives in the 69 target countries averted 77 million unintended pregnancies, 24 million unsafe abortions and 125,000 maternal deaths.

Read the report here.

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