Four Keys to Successful Family Planning
Making progress on family planning will require not only principles and commitments, but successful implementation, which must include four crucial elements, says John May of the US-based think tank Centre for Global Development. Millions of women, particularly in developing countries, lack information on — and access to — family planning services. This not only jeopardizes women’s health, but also deprives them of basic rights to a better life, May says.
The Family Planning Summit, an initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), held in London in July, is expected to raise pledges of $4 billion for services to 120 million women over eight years. May argues that for the global health community to take positive steps forward, successful implementation will be key, and will depend on four crucial elements.