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The United States has supported family planning, reproductive health, and population programs as part of its foreign assistance program since 1965. Polls have consistently shown that 75 to 90 percent of Americans support international family planning programs, including 69 percent of Independents and Republicans. But while the demand has consistently increased, the U.S. funding level for family planning in 2010 is nearly 25 percent less than what it spent in 1995 (when adjusted for inflation).
PAI believes the U.S. should lead international efforts to meet the demand for family planning by appropriating $1 billion annually. The $1 billion figure is the U.S.’ fair share of the $6.7 billion investment needed to meet international family planning goals, and would accelerate progress on the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.
This policy brief looks at how the “integration” principle and the “country ownership” principle are applied to FP/RH and HIV/AIDS services and civil society engagement in the Global Health Initiative country strategies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. Continue reading
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
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
The November election took a toll on U.S. Congressional support for international family planning but PAI’s research shows that the new members are deeply out of touch with American voters. PAI conducted an election-night poll which found the majority of … Continue reading
Statement on House Foreign Affairs Committee Markup by Craig Lasher, Director of U.S. Government Relations
For Immediate Release Republicans on the committee have shown their true colors by rejecting 10 amendments to allow U.S. funding for UNFPA’s life-saving work to continue. It is now clear they are not interested in preventing maternal death and disability … Continue reading
Since 1965, Congress has appropriated money in the foreign assistance bill for population assistance to developing countries to advance the U.S. foreign policy goals of promoting sustainable development and health in these countries. These monies support family planning and related … Continue reading