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.


Policy Brief

The Benefits of Integrating HIV and Family Planning Programs

July 19, 2012

Offering family planning/ reproductive health and HIV/AIDS services together is central to ensuring universal access to reproductive health care and HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. Continue reading »


Advocacy Guide

In One Place Advocacy Guide

July 19, 2012

Integration means offering family planning/ reproductive health and HIV services together at the same time and in the same facility. It is a client-centered, rights-based approach that improves lives for women and youth living with and at risk of HIV. Continue reading »



In One Place

July 18, 2012

In One Place shows why integrating family planning/reproductive health and HIV/AIDS is a priority for women and young people in sub-Saharan Africa. Through the voices of women in Zambia living with HIV, the film documents how separate health services can result in a range of missed opportunities, poor health outcomes and lost productivity. Continue reading »



Why World Population Day Matters

July 11, 2012

Originally posted on National Geographic In case you hadn’t heard, today is World Population Day and there are now about 7,058,000,000 of us. Another 200,000 will be added tomorrow. Last October, when the world hit the 7 billion mark, Population Action International developed an online … Continue reading »

Press Release

Family Planning Central to Development and Women’s Empowerment

July 11, 2012

The London Summit is an historic opportunity to help the millions of women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy but lack contraception. Providing access to contraception saves lives. Continue reading »


Perspectives on the London Family Planning Summit 2012: Seeing the Forest and the Trees

July 10, 2012

Originally posted on RH Reality Check Albert Einstein once said, “Never memorize something that you can look up.” As we head into the July 11th London Summit on Family Planning, we can focus more on concepts than numbers, because we … Continue reading »


Bringing Up Baby

May 11, 2012

I’m not one for platitudes. That’s why the onslaught of promotional emails for Mother’s Day is irritating me. Sure, send flowers as a token of your love and appreciation. Splurge on a spa package for that hard-working wife of yours … Continue reading »


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 »