Topic » Contraceptives and Condoms

Around the world, 222 million women want to prevent pregnancy but need contraception. Meeting women's needs for family planning and maternal and child health care would prevent 53 million unintended pregnancies each year, resulting in 14.5 million fewer abortions and 250,000 fewer women dying in pregnancy or childbirth annually. In addition, improving access to male and female condoms can significantly reduce the number of infections transmitted through sexual intercourse, including HIV.

PAI demonstrates that reproductive health services should be comprehensive and include a variety of contraceptive methods to meet the needs of women, men and young people. Meeting the demand for contraceptives would improve the health of women and the stability of their families and communities.


Data & Maps

Birth Control Helps Women Succeed

September 26, 2014

It seems obvious to most of us, but it’s always good to remind people: one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to empower women and increase their quality of life is to make sure they have access to birth control. … Continue reading »


Equity Should Be Easy

June 29, 2013

By Jeff Locke As a Peace Corps Volunteer, one readily accepts President John F. Kennedy’s assertion that “life in Peace Corps will not be easy.” In fact, that’s why many of us signed up to join the Peace Corps, in … Continue reading »

Data & Maps

Dollars and Sense: The Case for Contraception

June 5, 2013

Dollars and Sense, a new film by PAI, explains the economic case for contraception. Right now, around the world, more than 222 million women want something they can’t get: they all want access to modern contraceptives.   Fortunately, countries and … Continue reading »


She’s Too Tired to Push. That’s Why We Must.

May 29, 2013

She forgot how to push after 22 children. The other woman had given birth 16 times and 4 of her children had died. I am sitting in the audience at Women Deliver 2013, and I wept as these stories were … Continue reading »

Press Release

Population Action International and Atlas Corps Welcome Nigerian Nonprofit Leader

March 12, 2012

PAI awarded Distinguished Partner Award March 12, 2012 Washington, DC – Atlas Corps is proud to announce the placement of its eighth Fellow, Mikang Longjan from Nigeria, at Population Action International (PAI). PAI is an organization that advocates for women … Continue reading »


U.S. Contraception Politics

February 27, 2012

Over the last three weeks, contraception politics in Washington have exploded in the news. Some said we should return to an era when family planning was not available. Others opposed the Administration’s plan to expand women’s access to contraception. Here … Continue reading »


Being Pro-Choice is About Much More Than Just the Right to Abortion Care

January 20, 2012

Originally published on RH Reality Check With the anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Jan. 22, the words “pro-choice” seem to be everywhere. You’ll hear them in impassioned speeches, and see them on colorful posters, on blogs and in tweets.  And when you … Continue reading »


You’re Invited to the Premiere of Weathering Change

September 13, 2011

  Please join Population Action International and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program for a screening and discussion of PAI’s new short documentary Weathering Change: Stories about climate and family from women around the world Weathering Change … Continue reading »


At Global Leadership Council Meeting, Silence on Family Planning

July 28, 2011

What Washington insider–or aspiring insider like myself–doesn’t relish the chance to be in the same room with Secretary Clinton, The Honorable Tom Ridge, NBC’s Chuck Todd, and World Bank President Bob Zoellick to talk policy?

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We’re Counting (on) You

July 13, 2011

On World Population Day, we can expect statements from people all along the political spectrum.

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