The HIFA Project on Family Planning and Contraception (FP/C) promotes multi-stakeholder communication, understanding and advocacy to improve the availability and use of FP/C information for frontline health workers, citizens, and policy makers.
'214 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe and effective family planning methods, for reasons ranging from lack of access to information or services to lack of support from their partners or communities' (UNFPA). Improved access to FP/C information, services and commodities helps families attain their desired number of children and determine the spacing of pregnancies. It also helps avoid unwanted pregnancies. Reaching the Family Planning 2020 goal of delivering contraceptives, information and services to an additional 120 million women of reproductive age worldwide by 2020 could 'cumulatively prevent 100 million unintended pregnancies, 3 million infant deaths, and 200,000 pregnancy- and childbirth-related deaths'. Indeed, FP Is key to achieving all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Note: This project was funded by the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project of the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), K4Health ended in 2019 and the HIFA FP project is currently seeking low-level funding to continue our work in 2021 and beyond.