Family Planning, Future Planning: Director Oying Rimon Publishes Commentary in Global Health Now

Gates Institute Director Jose "Oying" Rimon published a commentary today in Global Health Now, titled "Family Planning, Future Planning."

"Engaging young people in family planning programs and advocacy is essential to achieving the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) goal of enabling 120 million more women and girls to have voluntary access to contraceptives by 2020. That is why the family planning community tapped the talent of young leaders this week to mark World Contraception Day, an annual event designed to increase awareness of contraceptive methods.

"Why is it so important to engage youth? For one thing, the world’s population of young people (between the ages of 10 and 24) is at a historic high, with the majority—nearly 90%—living in the developing world (UNFPA). We know that approximately 16 million adolescent girls (15 and 19 years old), mostly in low- and middle-income countries, give birth each year; complications during pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death for girls in this age range (WHO). We know adolescent girls who become pregnant often drop out of school, losing their chance to develop marketable skills and obtain good employment; this impacts the economic growth of girls and their families, their communities and their countries (WHO). And we know that contraceptive use among women 15 to 24 years old is only 22%, while that of women over 30 is 60% (UNFPA).

"It is one thing to know the statistics, but is another to actually hear the stories of the young people behind them. Last week the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health hosted a group of outstanding family planning advocates, none older than 40. They were a select group of the 40 winners of 120 Under 40, a competition that the Gates Institute launched last year to shine a spotlight on young family planning champions worldwide. ..."

Read the full commentary in Global Health Now.


Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 09:00