We are halfway to 2020 — the year the global community promised to have delivered modern contraception to more than 120 million women and girls who needed them, but lacked access to them in 2016. To deliver this commitment, we must ensure contraceptive security.
On 26 October 2016, Countdown 2030 Europe, in partnership with Marie Stopes International (MSI), Plan International UK and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), brought together key stakeholders and technical leaders in the field working to promote contraceptive security. Together, they discussed the challenges of a dysfunctional system for contraceptives and explored achievable responses to these challenges.
This paper aims to encourage discussion about solutions to the most urgent problems the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) sector is facing and is intended for reproductive health advocates to:
- Recognise the systemic problems that are failing contraceptives in reaching the ‘last mile’;
- Encourage critical thinking on the challenges and possible solutions; and
- Inspire pragmatic and strategic advocacy strategies to promote contraceptive security.
Illustration: Tanya Shyika for IPPF x Fine Acts