Humanitarian Settings a Key Focus At Family Planning Summit

2017 Family Planning Summit Marks First Time Humanitarian Settings is Elevated as a Specific Area of Focus

London, UK – Marking five years since the inaugural 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, donors, governments, NGOs, agencies, and advocates to London gathered in London today to assess progress on the original goal to empower 120 million additional women and girls in the 69 lowest income to use modern contraception by 2020.

While progress has been made – since the original commitment 30 million additional women and girls are using modern contraception – current progress is not on track to achieve the 2020 goals. According to providers, implementers, and advocates, one of the areas where family planning services have not been prioritized by donors and governments is in humanitarian settings.

Human Rights Groups to US State Department: Stop Censoring Diplomats

The letter was sent in response to reports that the administration is prohibiting the use of well-defined technical terms such as “sexual and reproductive health,” “comprehensive sexuality education,” and other terms relating to sex, sexuality, and gender. This unprecedented proposal undermines nearly 25 years of global consensus and endangers decades of progress on global health. The organizations call on Pompeo to reverse and prevent any guidance or policy that prohibits free speech or weakens commitments to global health.

Sexual and Reproductive Health: It’s a Human Right in Every Setting

This blog was cross-posted on Medium.

Women and girls displaced by conflict or crisis face a host of sexual and reproductive health-related risks. These include sexual and gender-based violence; sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV; unintended pregnancy; and complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Indeed, lack of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care is one of the leading causes of death, disease, and disability among displaced women and girls of reproductive age.