New CSIS Report and Video: Family Planning and Linkages with U.S. Health and Development Goals

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Ethiopia has attracted global attention for its leadership in advancing family planning. Contraceptive use rose from 15% in 2005 to 29% in 2011, due largely to the government’s ambitious Health Extension Program. The U.S. has made significant investments in Ethiopia’s health and development programs, and has been a critical partner in its achievements in family planning.

To examine the impact of family planning in Ethiopia and its linkages with broader health and development goals, CSIS visited Ethiopia to produce a video and to lead a delegation in February 2014. The delegation included bipartisan staff from three congressional offices, and from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Hope Through Healing Hands.

This blog discusses the CSIS video and the delegation’s findings, which focus on the opportunities and challenges presented by Ethiopia’s program. The delegation’s report underscores the importance of continuing U.S. global leadership in family planning, and calls on the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress to use upcoming opportunities in 2014 to demonstrate the U.S. commitment. Despite multiple enduring challenges, Ethiopia’s program offers important lessons for other countries, and for U.S. policy.

HLMM Final Report

The Final Report for the High-Level Ministerial Meeting, “The Youth Dividend – Return on Investment in Family Panning,” is now available.

2011 ICFP Journal Issue

Research presented at the 2011 International Conference on Family Planning has been published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics! Links to the full-text articles may be found on the ICFP Papers page. … [Continue reading]

PodMed: Reflections on ICFP 2013

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ICFP 2013: Opening Day

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ICFP 2013 Closing Statement

The 3rd International Conference on Family Planning officially closed on Friday, November 15, 2013.  More than 3,300 delegates from 120 countries attended the conference, which ended with a Call to Action seeking to keep focus on family planning and … [Continue reading]