World Contraception Day 2016

A woman gets her hair braided while another woman discusses family planning options.
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Currently, more than 225 million women in developing countries want to delay or avoid pregnancy but are not using a modern method of family planning. World Contraception Day, which takes place on September 26 each year, draws attention to the importance of increasing access to contraceptive information and services for all who want them.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) joins the international community in observing World Contraception Day, a global campaign to draw attention to the vast unmet need for contraceptive information and services. Increasing access to a wide-range of family planning methods enables individuals and couples to determine whether, when, and how often to have children, resulting in profound health, economic, and social benefits for families and communities.

As a means to improve health and quality of life, USAID advances and supports voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs in nearly 40 countries across the globe. These programs are designed to protect individuals' rights to affordable and quality family planning commodities. USAID has been involved in the development of nearly every contraceptive method on the market today and the Agency delivered $115 million worth of contraceptives and condoms to developing countries in 2015. As the largest bilateral donor of family planning assistance in the world, USAID continues to support safe, effective, and acceptable contraceptive technologies designed for the provision and use in low-resource settings.

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Last updated: September 23, 2016

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