Five years ago, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID) and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation brought together governments, donors, advocacy groups and non-government organizations, including Marie Stopes International (MSI), for the first London Family Planning Summit.
Together we formed the Family Planning 2020 partnership (FP2020), and launched a ground-breaking global commitment: by 2020 we would reach an additional 120 million women and girls with affordable and life-saving contraception.
The Summit generated new targets and financial commitments, focusing on 69 of the world’s poorest countries. Recent analysis from MSI concluded that if each of these FP2020 focus countries provided contraception to every woman who wants it by 2030, as agreed under the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs), family planning would prevent:
- 6 billion unintended pregnancies
- More than 500 million unsafe abortions
- 5 million maternal deaths
“These figures show the incredible effect that contraception can have. ...This is why family planning matters and this Summit is so vitally important,” noted MSI’s Marjorie Newman-Williams, vice-president and director of international operations.
The 2017 Family Planning Summit, held on July 11, brings the FP2020 partnership back together to check on progress, share solutions, and ensure we continue to keep family planning high on the global agenda.
Read more about the 2017 Summit, MSI’s FP2020 commitments, and why we must act now to ensure modern contraception and family planning services are an option for every woman on MSI’s global page.