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Global Community Must Embrace Family Planning As ‘Development Solution’ In Post-2015 Agenda

“We know that family planning improves the health and well-being of women and families around the world,” FHI 360 President Emeritus Ward Cates and Tricia Petruney, senior technical officer for global health, population, and nutrition at FHI 360, write in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog. And as the development agenda moves from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to “expand the focus from social and human development to also include economic and environmental objectives, we should not underestimate the positive ripple effects of family planning across all three [health-related MDG] areas,” they write. In the new goals, it is important to recognize “the close linkages between challenges presented by lack of access to family planning, rapid population growth, food insecurity, environmental changes and stalled economic growth,” they state, concluding, “Through embracing integrated, multi-sectoral development solutions such as family planning, we can accelerate progress and fulfill our promises to the next generation” (11/6).