Family Planning for Women

NEW YORK, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – As the London Summit on Family Planning draws global attention to the need for expanding access to voluntary family planning and reproductive health services around the world, the MDG Health Alliance announces a new initiative that will build partnerships with a focus on financing and strategic advocacy around reproductive health and family planning. This effort – chaired by United Nations Foundation CEO, Kathy Calvin, and private sector leader and member of the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, Angela Mwanza – will support the Every Woman Every Child movement led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to improve the health of women, young girls and children around the world.

This new initiative is a collaboration between the MDG Health Alliance and key stakeholders from across the public and private sectors to support the work of the UN. Its primary objective is to build partnerships that will leverage innovative mechanisms and strategic advocacy and also support ongoing efforts to promote voluntary family planning and access to reproductive health in developing countries. These partnerships will help reduce maternal and child mortality by increasing the availability, accessibility, and affordability of reproductive health, family planning and contraceptive information, services and supplies.

Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary-General’s MDG Advocate and Special Envoy for Malaria, who convened the MDG Health Alliance, said, “A greater focus on access to quality reproductive health and voluntary family planning will help the MDG Health Alliance realize its purpose of accelerating progress toward achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals. As our work focuses on MDGs 4, 5 and 6, building partnerships designed to advance access to reproductive health care will help protect the lives of women and theirfamilies around the world.”

“The development community’s goal of universal access to reproductive health—first set forth at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development—has been continuously reaffirmed since then, including in the Millennium Development Goals, known as ‘The World’s To-Do List’,” said Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation, and Co-Chair, Reproductive Health Pillar, MDG Health Alliance.  “The MDG Health Alliance’s emphasis on reproductive health is designed to advance that global goal and support the leadership of the United Nations Population Fund, to ensure that women and young people around the world have the access they want—and need—to quality, affordable and accessible reproductive health care.”

“The United Nations Population Fund welcomes this new reproductive health and family planning initiative, which reflects a commitment to the need for greater efforts to integrate reproductive health and family planning services into other health services, ensure continuous supplies of a broad range of methods, build service provision capacity, and improve provider competency in counseling, education and method provision, including helping women switch methods upon request,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA.

About the MDG Health Alliance
The MDG Health Alliance works in partnership with UN Agencies, the private sector, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and others to support country efforts to accelerate progress toward achieving the health-

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