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Much to Celebrate on World Contraception Day 2015


Here at IntraHealth International, we’re excited.

One of our very favorite days is coming up, a day that highlights many of the issues we care about most—equity, maternal health, women’s empowerment, youth, and greater global health and wellbeing.

Saturday is World Contraception Day, an annual worldwide campaign that works toward a world where every pregnancy is wanted.That’s a vision we share. Because we know that women who have access to contraceptives and the health workers who provide them tend to be healthier, get more education, and have a better shot at earning wages. And so do their children.

Contraception has already changed the world for us all.

In celebration of World Contraception Day 2015, check out these stories that illustrate how contraception has already changed the world for us all, and where it might take us as the next 15 years unfold.

Let's Not Be Squeamish About Family Planning's Fiscal Benefits, by Pape Gaye, president and CEO of IntraHealth Contraception makes health sense, but it also makes financial sense. Now is the time to make sure countries are ready to take advantage of it. From the Huffington Post. » Read moreIt’s Not Complicated: Contraceptives Save Lives and Improve Health, by Sara Stratton, assistant program director at IntraHealthUse of contraceptives reduces maternal mortality by nearly a third. So let’s make it an option for everyone. » Read moreWith Gender Equity Comes Vasectomy, and Vice Versa, by Roy Jacobstein, senior medical advisor at IntraHealth Vasectomy is safe, effective, and leads to greater gender equity. So why hasn’t it caught on in many low-income countries? From Devex.  » Read moreFuture Planning: Young People Making Choices, by Laura Hoemeke, director of communications and advocacy at IntraHealth "Family planning" may be a misnomer for most young people when it comes to sexual and reproductive health services. During International Youth Day 2015, we talked with some young movers and shakers about why that is. » Read moreFive Big Questions for the Future of Global Family Planning, by Pape Gaye and Roy Jacobstein For less than the cost of a cheeseburger per American per year, we could reduce the world's population growth by 500 million. So what's the holdup? And who's being left behind? From the Huffington Post. » Read more

New Contraceptive Gives Women More of What They Want, by Carol Cisse, program manager at IntraHealth In Senegal, health workers and clients alike are loving Sayana Press, a new injectable contraceptive that’s easy to administer and pain-free. » Read more

Follow IntraHealth at the 2015 International Conference on Family Planning in Nusa Dua, Indonesia, where we’ll be talking about these issues and more. Learn more about how health workers make family planning—and future planning—happen.