World Contraception Day: Recognizing 10 Years of Family Planning Excellence

September 26th, 2016 | Viewpoint


World Contraception Day 2016 is an annual worldwide campaign that centers around a vision where every pregnancy is wanted. More than 225 million women and girls in developing countries want to avoid or delay pregnancy but are not using effective methods of contraception; each day, 800 girls and women around the world die from preventable pregnancies and child-birth related causes. Making quality family planning methods available to all who want them is critical to keeping families, women, and children healthy and prosperous.

Since 2006, the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT (the project), implemented by JSI, has worked in coordination with governments and international and local partners in over 72 countries to achieve universal access to family planning (FP) by strengthening health commodity supply chains and the policy environments that support them. In each country, we have had an impact. Over the life of the project, commodities shipped by the project have averted an estimated 79.4 million unwanted pregnancies, prevented more than 200,000 maternal deaths, and averted more than 1.2 million child deaths.

To date, the project has supplied an estimated 7.2 billion male condoms, 608 million oral contraceptives, and 96 million female condoms, among other contraceptive methods, to family planning programs throughout the world. The total number of products shipped in just one year helps contribute to an estimated 9.8 million unintended pregnancies potentially averted—meaning fewer pregnancy-related and infant deaths.

But the work is not done. JSI continues to support the global and national efforts to achieve the goals of FP2020 and those of families, girls and women around the world.

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