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How Will You Celebrate World Contraception Day?

Don’t answer that. We’re just happy you’re celebrating.

World Contraception Day is one of our favorite days of the year. Every September 26 marks one more step toward a world where every pregnancy is wanted. That means fewer maternal and newborn deaths, fewer unsafe abortions, and greater equity and prosperity for women everywhere.

At IntraHealth International, that’s what we want too. And we know that health workers hold the keys to that world.

Right now, there are 225 million women worldwide who want to avoid pregnancy, but aren’t using effective methods of contraception. And that number doesn’t include men, many of whom are in the same boat. Fortunately, there are health workers out there today working to change this.

Join us this #WCD2016 to celebrate the astounding progress we’ve made as a global community in making contraception more widely available to those who want it—and saving the lives of millions of women and children as a result.

And while you’re celebrating, check out these 11 stories about the challenges and successes of making contraception available to everyone everywhere, and what we can all do to help:

It’s Not Just for Women, You Know: 5 Ways for Men to Get More Involved in Contraception, by Roy Jacobstein

Contraception Is a Collective Effort, by Dottie Blyth

World Vasectomy Day 2016 in Nairobi Will Be Our Best Yet, by Jonathan Stack

More Women Choose Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives in Rural Senegal, by IntraHealth International

Have an (Unmet) Contraceptive Need? by Laura Hoemeke

In Tanzania, 22.8% of Teen Girls Are Mothers, by Mkama Mwijarubi

For Stronger Health Systems, We Must Be Integrated in Thought and Action, by Modibo Dicko

5 Reasons Senegal Is Ahead of its Neighbors on Family Planning and HIV, by Pape Gaye

What Will Family Planning Look Like in 2036?, by Amanda Puckett BenDor

Zika Virus Sheds Light on Shortcomings in Family Planning and Reproductive Health, by Corinne Mahoney

Move Over Unmet Need—There’s a New Family Planning Indicator in Town, by Margarite Nathe