05 December 2017

FP2020 Progress Report Launch  

Access to safe, voluntary family planning is essential to women’s empowerment as well as to achieving global objectives for a healthier, thriving and more equitable world.

The good news is that more than 309 million women and girls (that’s 38.8 million more since 2012) in 69 focus countries are using a modern method of contraception, as of July 2017. This helped prevent 84 million unintended pregnancies, 26 million unsafe abortions and 125 thousand maternal deaths. The news come from a new FP2020 progress report, launched today.

According to the report, FP2020: The Way Ahead, the 5th annual progress report from the initiative launched at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, rights-based family planning programs have a greater ripple effect than almost any other development investment—it is a path to the future we strive for.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Africa accounts for almost half of the additional users of contraception. As of July 2017, 16 million additional women are using a modern method of contraception in the FP2020 countries of Africa as compared to 2012.
  • More than half of the additional users of contraception are in Asia: 21.9 million. Asia includes our the five most populous FP2020 countries—India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh—and progress in these countries has a large influence on the total number of additional users. Because rates of contraceptive use are already higher in Asia, the rate of contraceptive use is growing more slowly than in Africa. We estimate that 38% of all women of reproductive age in Asia are using a modern method.
  • In Eastern and Southern Africa, unmet need for modern methods has dropped by more than 3 percentage points since 2012—by far the largest change of any FP2020 region.
  • Injectables are the most common contraceptive method in use in 28 countries, followed by pills in 16 countries, condoms in 9 countries, and IUDs in 8 countries. Implants and injectables are continuing to increase in prevalence.

FP2020 is aligned with the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. A commitment to FP2020 is counted as a commitment to the Every Woman Every Child movement.

FP2020 and Youth

Getting contraceptive information and services to adolescents and youth who need it is one of the key FP2020 priorities. Young people must be able to take control of their own reproductive lives and make their own choices about whether and when to have children.

To achieve this, it is important to offer a full range of contraceptive choices to young people, shifting away from separate reproductive health services for adolescents, and instead make existing health services more adolescent-friendly, working more vigorously with pharmacies to expand contraceptive access, and by increasing the number of providers to ensure that all health workers react effectively and sensitively to adolescent clients.

At the 2017 Family Planning Summit for Safer, Healthier, and Empowered Futures in London five years after the launch of the initiative, nearly 50 governments, nine civil society, 16 companies, and two foundations made new commitments or renewed their commitments to the FP2020 partnership.

The new commitments included a focus on meeting the needs of adolescents and youth.  It also featured the announcement of three Global Goods to strengthen the family planning sector’s ability to meet the needs of young people: Youth Accountability Framework, Global Adolescent Data Statement and Partnership to Strengthen Country Capacity.

FP2020 has also launched a new web source on Adolescents, Youth, and Family Planning. The website underlines the importance of engaging openly with young people and offers a large amount of resources on the best ways of reaching adolescents with programs and policies that meet their needs