Repositioning Family Planning in Reproductive Health Services: Framework for Accelerated Action, 2005–2014 Report of the Regional Director
Abstract1. Family planning, identified as an essential component of primary health care in the Alma-Alta Declaration and of reproductive health at the International Conference on Population and Development, plays a major role in reducing maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. It contributes towards the achievement of the millennium development goals (MDGs) and the targets of the Health-for-All Policy. 2. The implementation of family planning services in Africa is challenged by poverty, poor access to family planning services and commodities, conflict situations, inadequate coordination of programmes and dwindling donor funding. Traditional beliefs favouring high fertility, religious barriers and lack of male involvement have weakened family planning interventions. Family planning has received little attention at individual, social and policy levels due to other competing priorities. These factors have resulted in low contraceptive prevalence rates among sexually active women, high total fertility rates and high unmet needs for family planning. 3. This framework aims to provide guidance on how to revitalize the family planning component of national reproductive health programmes in order to ensure a comprehensive approach to improving maternal and child health in the context of the MDGs.
Regional Committee for Africa, 54. (2004). Repositioning Family Planning in Reproductive Health Services: Framework for Accelerated Action, 2005–2014 Report of the Regional Director. WHO. Regional Office for Africa. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/92890
DescriptionRegional Committee for Africa Fifty-fourth Session Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 30 August–3 September 2004, Provisional agenda item 9.1
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