As family planning actors across the world race to increase service uptake against a backdrop of unprecedented funding cuts, providers are being forced to deliver more with less, often prioritising easily accessible urban populations. Yet resourceful mechanisms do exist for reaching isolated and under-served communities.
This thought-provoking article by Blue Ventures’ Health-Environment Partnerships Manager, Laura Robson, published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the eve of the Family Planning Summit, shines a spotlight on those remote rural communities who are often deemed too expensive or difficult to serve.
It showcases how partnerships among health and environmental groups are reaching previously overlooked communities in biodiversity hotspots from Madagascar to Tanzania and Indonesia, thereby advancing equitable access to contraception for the most marginalised women and girls. It also highlights the wider value of investing in family planning for these communities, in terms of progress generated in other areas such as gender equality and sustainable development.
Join the related Twitter campaign here: #MoreThanTheSum. This campaign is calling attention to the need to move beyond simple cost-effectiveness equations when pursuing contraceptive equity, and to the wider value of investing in family planning for the most marginalised.
Read the full piece on the Thomson Reuters Foundation website here: The untold cost of cost-effectiveness in family planning.
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