More Funding Needed for International Family Planning

For immediate release
April 11, 2013

More Funding Needed for International Family Planning
Population Action International Holds Briefing on “Best Buy” in Development

Washington, DC – On the heels of the President’s request for a $37.4 million increase in international family planning funding for fiscal year 2014, Population Action International (PAI) will hold a Capitol Hill briefing Friday on family planning as a best buy in global development. The briefing will take place from 12–1:30 pm April 12 in the Russell Senate Office Building, Room 485.

Speakers include Harvard School of Public Health Prof. David Canning, who co-authored the Lancet article “The Economic Consequences of Reproductive Health and Family Planning”; Valerie DeFillipo, the Director of Family Planning 2020; Victoria Marijani, the Program Manager for Reproductive Health Services at PSI Tanzania; and Ellen Starbird, the Director of Office of Population and Reproductive Health at USAID. The panel will be moderated by PAI’s President and CEO, Suzanne Ehlers.

“Contraception saves lives. It also changes lives. Imagine the potential that could be unleashed if women and girls had access to family planning when they wanted and needed it,” DeFillipo said.

Research links investments in family planning to significant cost savings in other global development areas such as maternal health, education, immunization and sanitation. Savings range from $2 in Ethiopia to up to $9 in Bolivia for every dollar invested.

“In today’s resource-constrained environment, these numbers are critical,” Ehlers said. “We are talking about up to a 300% return on investment for the U.S. government and taxpayers. That is something we should all be celebrating.”

PAI will also be launching a new video on the need for increasing international family planning funding, and the potential benefits for women worldwide. The video will be used as a tool to rally constituents in support of expanded funding.

The briefing is open to the public.

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For more information, please contact:

Dilly Severin: dseverin@popact.org, 202-557-3423
Danielle Zielinski: dzielinski@popact.org, 202-557-3426