In 2011 there were unprecedented attacks on women’s health both domestically and internationally, PAI’s advocacy team helped marshal support in Congress that surprised even the cynics. The final funding for family planning was the second highest in history, and we fended off the Global Gag Rule with letters of support from across the country.
In many developing countries, women often have to travel for miles to access health services. And when it comes to HIV and reproductive health, it’s rare that they can find both in the same place. The Integration Partnership works with partners in six countries to change that. This year, PAI trained 118 civil society advocates and launched the Tipping Point website to help groups improve health service delivery.
PAI began the RH BudgetWatch project to track and monitor whether promised in-country funding for contraceptives was spent, and will be training partners in Tanzania and Kenya to hold their governments accountable.
In 2011, PAI continued its work to help those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and to make sure family planning is included in strategies to help people adapt. We brought this message to the UN climate conference in Durban, and debuted a new documentary, Weathering Change, showing how women in Ethiopia, Nepal and Peru struggle to care for their families while enduring crop failures and water scarcity.
As the world’s population approached 7 billion in October 2011, PAI made the population milestone personal with its online application What’s Your Number? The app went viral and helped turn a conversation about numbers into one about people – about the 215 million women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy but lack contraception. PAI also released Why Population Matters, a report that explains the ways in which affects development issues such as maternal health, poverty, and the environment.