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Wanted: $1 Billion for Women

We have two options: We can make family planning a priority and invest the money needed to give women control of their own lives and futures. Or we can allow our nation – and our world – to slide backward.

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Perspectives on the London Family Planning Summit 2012: Seeing the Forest and the Trees

The London Summit aims to meet the contraceptive needs of 120 million women in the world’s poorest countries. This moment is about women and girls who deserve the opportunity to “have it all,” if you will. I believe we have all the consensus we need on that front.

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Reproductive Health: It Takes a Health Worker — and Saves Money and Lives

Health worker with supplies in a clinic near Dakar, Senegal.

All of the contraceptive technologies and reproductive health interventions in the world will not make a difference if there are not skilled health workers to deliver them.

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Family Planning: A Key to Prosperity

Yet international support for such programs has not kept pace with the need for family planning. As a result, many developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, continue to face rapid population growth and other impediments to social and economic development.

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The 2012 Global Family Planning Summit: Will Issues Be Adequately Addressed?

In mid-July, world leaders will gather in London to discuss a real and urgent need: increased funding for family planning. The summit documents link the dearth of contraceptives and health services to poverty. This vision is not so much wrong as it is incomplete.

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