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Recognizing The Role Of The Health Care Worker In Providing Family Planning Services

In this post in the RH Reality Check blog, Laura Hoemeke, director of communications and knowledge management at IntraHealth International, writes that it “take[s] a health worker, or more accurately millions of health workers, to meet the need that hundreds of millions of couples worldwide have for family planning,” adding, “A new report [.pdf] issued by the Guttmacher Institute and UNFPA this week, Adding It Up: Costs and Benefits of Contraceptive Services — Estimates for 2012, supports that notion.” She concludes, “While it is true that family planning can happen without health workers, one thing is sure: family planning is not happening nearly enough without them” (6/27).

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