Tag Archives: family planning

Giving girls and women the power to decide

Access to information and services for contraception and birth spacing are critical to maternal and child health programming. It is no surprise then, that...

Male family planning schools in Niger gaining ground.

In a region where more children are seen as a sign of wealth, family planning is almost unthinkable, especially among the menfolk. But in...

383,000 Women in Francophone West Africa Started Using Modern Contraception in 2017

In 2017, the nine countries of the Ouagadougou Partnership together prevented 100,000 unintended pregnancies, 32,000 unsafe abortions, and 400 maternal deaths in francophone West Africa by...

Gates Foundation invests $45 million to boost nutrition in Burkina Faso

The Gates Foundation will invest $45 million in nutrition and family planning programs in Burkina Faso, Melinda Gates said on Tuesday during a visit...

In Senegal, family planning finds a key ally: Imams

Religion announces itself loudly in Senegal, which is more than 90 percent Muslim. So when public health officials and NGOs tried to expand birth control...

A New Year, a New Determination: Energizing the Movement and Accelerating Progress

The Ouagadougou Partnership Six Years in Five years ago, in early December 2012, the Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit (OPCU) was established. Last month in Conakry,...

In West Africa, youth ambassadors serve as family planning advocates

ABIDJAN — International health experts are hopeful that a West African family planning initiative will encourage wider contraceptive use by having young people act as...

Can Niger break out of its cycle of poverty?

Africa’s population is expected to double by 2050, but in the country with the highest birth rate in the world it’s on track to...

Meet the Young Future-Planners of West Africa

They’re informed, determined, and looking ahead for the good of their peers—and their countries. They want to help girls stay in school. To take...

In West Africa, Family Planning Youth Ambassadors are helping their countries plan for the Future

Young leaders have the power to reach their peers and communities in ways most government officials can’t. Abou Diallo was on vacation with his...