Reproductive Health and Family Planning

Since 1980, URC has supported more than 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East to develop successful reproductive health and family planning programs at all levels of the health care system.

Reproductive health and family planning are key components of a broad, integrated framework that links to maternal, newborn, and child health, HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment, and other areas of our work.

We work alongside country partners to achieve US Global Health Initiative targets for reducing unintended pregnancies, increasing contraceptive prevalence, and reducing the proportion of women who give birth before age 18. 

In Benin, for example, our work has expanded family planning counseling in health facilities and trained community leaders to promote family planning in their communities. Through initiatives such as the Translating Research into Action Project, URC supports research to elevate the global discussion around how implementers can use evidence to scale up these kinds of successes.

Reproductive health and family planning interventions are proven and cost-effective, empowering women and men to exercise their rights to make voluntary and informed decisions about the number, spacing, and timing of pregnancies. Our work contributes to reductions in unwanted pregnancies, maternal and child deaths, malnutrition, poverty, and the spread of HIV.

Fathers hold their children as they watch a Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan (“Journey to a Healthy Lifestyle”) event in Albay Province, Philippines