Topic » Family Planning

Family planning improves maternal health, reduces unintended pregnancies and abortions, prevents the spread of HIV/AIDS, and promotes responsible development and environmental sustainability. 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 54 million unintended pregnancies each year, resulting in 26 million fewer abortions and 79,000 fewer maternal deaths.

PAI works to secure greater support for international family planning and reproductive health programs. We track funding targets, document contraceptive shortages, and work with partners in developing countries to strengthen advocacy for their programs at home.



Congressional Staffers Explore Family Planning Needs in Guatemala

April 25, 2012

In February 2012, PAI held a congressional study tour to Guatemala with staff from the offices of Senators Franken (D-MN), Blumenthal (D-Ct), and Kirk (R-IL). The trip underscored the demand for international reproductive health and family planning services, the cost-effectiveness … Continue reading »


Family Planning Improves Women’s Lives

April 20, 2012

PAI Partner, Negash Teklu explains how PHE Ethiopia has combined family planning and natural resource conservation to improve economic development, environmental sustainability and the health of women and their families.


Teens in the Tinderbox

April 19, 2012

Here’s a paragraph that might lose you for a second: Next week, I head to the United Nations to attend the 45th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD). The Commission’s work is to “monitor, review and assess … Continue reading »

Data & Maps

Consensus on Contraception

April 4, 2012

Despite the recent battles over contraception, polling data shows that Americans of every stripe support maternal and reproductive healthcare for all women. Continue reading »

Policy Brief

Family Planning: The Smartest Investment We Can Make

April 2, 2012

Funding for international family planning and reproductive health is a proven and cost-effective way to meet a broad range of international development goals. Increased access to contraception for women in developing countries is critical to improving maternal and newborn health, … Continue reading »



What Is Integration?

March 31, 2012

In December 2011, TIP convened partners from all five focus countries to participate in an advocacy training and to attend the International Conference on STIs and AIDS in Africa (ICASA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During our time together, PAI spoke … Continue reading »


TIP Partners Strengthen Advocacy to Global Fund

March 29, 2012

As part of The Integration Partnership (TIP), PAI conducted site visits in four countries in March: Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia. In Zambia, TIP partners are making strides in their advocacy to the Global Fund, and in their efforts to convene … Continue reading »


Engaging Women Leaders in Miami

March 29, 2012

Miami, Florida is well-known for its beautiful beaches, flavorful food and cultural diversity. It is also home to several important Members of Congress, an economic hub in the South and a critical gateway between the United States and the rich, … Continue reading »


Measuring the Impact of Integration

March 29, 2012

On March 22, Population Action International convened a day-long meeting for PEPFAR implementing partners to discuss family planning/HIV integration indicators. The meeting brought together a program and monitoring and evaluation staff from EngenderHealth, PATH, FHI360, Pathfinder, the Elizabeth Glaser Foundation, … Continue reading »


Coalition Members Raise the Profile of Women and Youth

March 29, 2012

PAI was proud to join the International Sexual and Reproductive Rights Coalition (ISRRC) and UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin to strategize around  key international meetings including the Commission on Population and Development, ICPD+20, and Rio +20, as well as … Continue reading »