Family Planning and Reproductive Health


The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) advances and supports voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs in 41 countries across the globe. Greater access to family planning information and services can help:

Reduce maternal deaths by 30% annually
Save the lives of 1.4 million children under 5 each year.
Save $6 for every $1 invested
Achieve all 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030



Almost 923 million women worldwide wish to avoid or delay pregnancy, and about three-quarters of these women are currently using a modern contraceptive method. Yet, more than 218 million women still have an unmet need for family planning.

When a woman has children too closely together, too early or too late in life, the health of the mother and baby are at risk. Enabling couples and individuals to determine whether, when and how often to have children is vital to safe motherhood, healthy families and prosperous communities.

Our Work

As the world's largest family planning bilateral donor, USAID is committed to helping countries meet the family planning and reproductive health needs of their people. USAID is a central partner in the Family Planning 2030 (FP2030) partnership, a global alliance aimed at empowering women and girls by investing in rights-based family planning, and the Ouagadougou Partnership, a similar effort focused on expanding family planning and reproductive health in Francophone West Africa.

When USAID launched its family planning program in 1965, fewer than 10 percent of women in the developing world (excluding China) were using a modern contraceptive method, and the average family size was over six. In the 41 countries where USAID focuses its support, modern contraceptive prevalence1 has increased to 34.4 percent2 and the average family size has dropped to 3.93. USAID's work in reproductive health also focuses on ending child marriage, female genital mutilation/cutting, gender-based violence and more.


Follow USAID's work in family planning through an interactive timeline marking some of our major milestones over the past 50 years.


Our Impact



1 Modern contraceptive prevalence is the proportion of women who are currently using, or whose sexual partner is currently using, at least one method of modern contraception.

2 From 17.1 percent in 2000

3 From 5.6 percent in 2000



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Benefits of Family Planning

Icon of a Mom and BabyProtects women's and children's health by reducing high-risk pregnancies and allowing sufficient time between pregnancies

Icon of a red AIDS ribbonReduces HIV and AIDS through the prevention of new HIV infections and mother-to-child transmission via increased access to voluntary family planning information, services and commodities, including condoms

Icon of a stethoscopeDecreases abortion


Icon of a familyAdvances individuals' rights to decide their own family size

Icon of graduation capImproves women's opportunities for education, employment and full participation in society

Icon of a arrow pointing up with a dollar signReduces poverty by contributing to economic growth at the family, community and national levels

Icon of three people in a circleMitigates the impact of population dynamics on natural resources and state stability