USAID’s Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program: A Look Back and Ahead
15 February 2023
This document represents a summary of the discussions and reflects the broad set of issues, ideas, and themes that emerged from the reunion.2 It is not a consensus document and is not intended to represent the views of any individual or organization. [...] Evolving program priorities and rationale amid shifts in support The presentation also summarized the ways in which the FP/RH program has evolved and adapted over time (Figure 2), including shifting from its initial rationale and focus on reducing population growth through family planning between 1967 and 1984, to expanding to include broader sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in the. [...] From its inception, the program has adhered to the fundamental principles of voluntarism and informed choice, while also connecting advancement of family planning and reproductive health to broader health and development goals. [...] As discussed in the previous section, enabling women and couples to decide the number, timing, and spacing of births plays a critical role in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, infant and child mortality, unsafe abortion, and HIV transmission. [...] And while the $2.6 billion the administration has allocated to gender equity and equality is not new money, but rather a doubling of gender-focused attributions within existing earmarks, it does provide new opportunities to elevate the importance of family planning and reproductive health to women’s social and economic wellbeing and development progress overall.