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@IYAFP @ICFP2018 We are so glad Herman Nsamba is participating in #ICFPyouth. If you see Herman, ask him about his work in Uganda with @EngenderHealth, transforming lives and communities through peer outreach on #familyplanning. #ICFP2018

We’re proud to deliver 9 sessions and 25 poster presentations at #ICFP2018 that showcase our commitment to access, excellence, and impact in #familyplanning. For presentation topics and schedule, click here: https://t.co/US1QHR5TzQ #ICFP

We’re excited to be at the 2018 International Conference on Family Planning in Kigali, Rwanda this week to share and learn with #familyplanning colleagues and to celebrate 75 years of working in the sector. Follow along: https://t.co/US1QHR5TzQ #ICFP2018 #ICFPYouth

We were thrilled to co-host an #ICFPYouth session today on storytelling for #reprohealth with the amazing young leaders at Public Health Ambassadors Uganda. 📸 @phauganda #ICFP2018 @ICFP2018

Today's #ICFPyouth discussions are inspiring: transparency, honesty/realness, commitment, leadership, and goal-setting for effective #familypanning. #ICFP2018

Postabortion #familyplanning is a proven high impact practice. Hear more from @EngenderHealth @IpasOrg @MarieStopes at the #ICFP2018 oral presentation on Nov 13 at 16:20, titled Sense or sensibility. Read more at #HIPs4FP. https://t.co/a1j33aJcL8

"The FP2020 regional workshops are a really tiny slice of what’s possible at #ICFP2018." Read more from FP2020's Youth Engagement Manager, Emily Sullivan, on young people and #ICFP2018: https://t.co/ENeQVzhHsr #FPVoices

We are excited to be be included among @GlobalHlth5050 #CelebratingChange list of orgs committed to improving #genderequity in #globalhealth! Great to read what other #GH505Challenge orgs are doing. We can all do better & create change! https://t.co/zphNQVefXE

Today we:
> Previewed our @ICFP2018 participation in a press release: https://t.co/9fzx4hddsW
> Launched our ICFP online hub: https://t.co/1GwkbtVFdv

Learn more about our #ICFP2018 engagement via these links. We look forward to the #familyplanning conversation!

The funding community is looking beyond 2020, thinking about what #familyplanning looks like in the 2020's -@MaKooijmans #EuroNGOs2018

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Overview

Today, an estimated 220 million women worldwide want to avoid pregnancy and plan their families but lack access to modern contraception. Family planning does more than help women and couples determine the size of their families: It safeguards individual health and rights, preserves natural resources, and can improve economic outcomes for families and communities. Family planning also saves lives—up to one-third of all maternal deaths and illnesses could be prevented if women had access to contraception.

The need for quality family planning services is all the more urgent today because more than 1.2 billion young people ages 15 to 24 are entering their reproductive years, comprising about 18% of the world’s population—the largest adolescent contingent in human history. Eighty-eight percent of these young people live in the developing world.

EngenderHealth in Action
Across the globe, EngenderHealth has proven that even in resource-poor settings, family planning services can be safe, effective, and affordable. EngenderHealth partners with governments, national health systems, community organizations, policymakers, and health care providers to:

  • Improve the safety, efficacy, and quality of family planning services
  • Increase contraceptive options
  • Ensure that women are able to make informed choices
  • Strengthen and expand family planning services by making available additional reproductive health services that women and their families need, including HIV and AIDS services, and antenatal and obstetric care
  • Ensure continuing financial and social investment in family planning

Recognizing the need for accountability systems to be in place to ensure that family planning programs are voluntary and protect and fulfill women’s rights, EngenderHealth is taking a lead role in outlining steps needed to integrate human rights into family planning programming. With the goal of ensuring that family planning programs are woman-centered and rights-focused, EngenderHealth’s work strives to operationalize human rights at the policy, service delivery, and community levels.

Long-acting and permanent methods of contraception, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs), implants, female sterilization, and vasectomy, are safe, convenient, and cost-effective—yet, they are highly underutilized and are often the most difficult to obtain. EngenderHealth works to change this by expanding access to new contraceptive technologies in low-resource areas, specifically ensuring that long-acting and permanent contraceptive methods are included in the range of options available to women and their families.

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