EngenderHealth works to improve access to maternal and reproductive health care in more than 20 developing countries. At the end of September, EngenderHealth launched their new campaign, “WTFP?!” (Where’s the Family Planning?!) to raise awareness among Americans of global access to contraception.
Although for many Americans, access to contraceptives is relatively easy, around the world, this is not the case and there remains a huge, unmet need. In fact, over 220 million women in developing countries want contraception and family planning but lack access. There are a variety of reasons regarding why women do not have access – poverty, lack of education, lack of health care facilities, culture and religion – however it is proven that when women have access to contraception they are more likely to survive childbirth, have healthier children, and go further in their education.
Mother holding her 9th child in rural Ethiopia.
To raise awareness for global access to contraception, EngenderHealth released a new video that takes an interesting look at contraceptives throughout history to convey the message that there are 220 million women in developing countries today who want access to contraception but can’t get it. The video has proved a success and has highlighted in Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, TIME, Jezebel, and The Huffington Post.
About the video: Published on Sep 22, 2014
From the beginning of time, women have wanted to decide for themselves if and when to have children. As a result, they’ve endured some of history’s worst contraceptives. It’ll make you say, “Ewww.”
So, WTFP?! Where’s The Family Planning?! Visit http://wheresthefp.org for more information.
The WTFP?! Campaign is brought to you by EngenderHealth. Around the world, EngenderHealth has proven that family planning services can be safe, effective, and affordable—even in resource-poor settings. We are passionate about putting the power of family planning into women’s hands worldwide, because when women thrive, so do their families and communities. When women have access to health care and family planning, they tend to go further in their education, earn more, and have healthier children. For more information, visithttp://www.engenderhealth.org/.
So why is family planning so important?
Family planning saves lives and empowers women
When women have access to family planning, they are more likely to survive childbirth, have healthier children, and go further in their education.
More than 220 million women who want to delay or avoid pregnancy lack access to contraceptives and family planning information and services. Women encounter a variety of challenges in accessing contraception, including cultural restrictions, lack of appropriate supplies, financial barriers, misinformation, and inadequate health care systems.
If we were able to meet this need for contraceptives and family planning, we could prevent1:
- 54 million unintended pregnancies
- 79,000 maternal deaths
- 1.1 million infant deaths
Family planning is a smart investment for women, their families, and their communities. Every dollar invested in family planning can save governments up to six dollars that can be spent on improving health, education, housing, and other public services.2
1 Guttmacher/UNFPA. Adding It Up: Costs and Benefits of Contraceptive Services, Estimates for 2012. June 2012.
Source of information above: EngenderHealth stats
Want to learn more?
· Watch our first campaign video, History’s Worst Contraceptives: bit.ly/wtfpvid
· Visit www.wheresthefp.org
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