Access to Health

Access to Health

Women's Health

Women's Health
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The private sector has an important role to play in contributing to the achievement of the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals1 regarding women’s health.

Our Commitments

  • Facilitate sustained access for our family planning products and services, and engage in partnerships that address specific reproductive health and development challenges.
  • Sustainable Development Goal 3 sets two targets in support of the overall health of women, families and society:
    • By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births
    • By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs

While progress was made toward these targets under the original Millennium Development Goals that sunset in 2015, rates of maternal mortality remain high in many countries, and access to modern contraceptive methods remains limited, especially among the poorest and most vulnerable women and girls. As the global community embraces the new Sustainable Development Goals launched in September 2015, we will continue to support efforts to accelerate access to our products and ensure that reproductive health and rights are included in global, regional and country strategies.

Access to modern contraceptives is an important aspect of family planning.

Enabling couples to determine whether, when and how often to have children is vital to helping achieve safe motherhood, healthy families and healthy communities. Voluntary family planning and broadening the method mix of family planning options help protect the health of women by reducing high-risk pregnancies, and help protect the health of children, adolescents and mothers by allowing sufficient time between pregnancies. Research has shown that appropriately spacing pregnancies helps improve both mother and child survival rates and reduces the risk of preterm birth.2 The use of family planning methods can also reduce the number of unsafe abortions and associated complications.3

Access to modern contraceptives is an important aspect of family planning. Our multifaceted approach supports efforts to improve access to family planning services and contraceptives for the women most in need of them. We are actively engaged in areas where maternal mortality is high and the prevalence of contraceptive use is low.4

Partnerships

We participate in a number of coalitions that support women’s reproductive health by increasing access to family planning, working to reduce maternal mortality and promoting collaboration between the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Throughout the world, we have partnered with organizations and supported projects that work to increase women’s access to health services, reduce maternal mortality, increase awareness of reproductive/sexual health among adolescents and vulnerable populations, prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS, and promote women’s empowerment and access to economic opportunities.

Partnering for Implementation

Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC): The RHSC is a global partnership of public, private and nongovernmental organizations dedicated to helping all people in low- and middle-income countries gain access to and use affordable, high-quality supplies that ensure better reproductive health.

The Coalition brings together diverse agencies and groups with critical roles in providing contraceptives and other reproductive health supplies. These include multilateral and bilateral organizations, private foundations, governments, and civil society and private-sector representatives. We participate in various RHSC working groups, including the Market Development Approaches Working Group, which contributes to the goal of reproductive health supply security.

The C-Exchange: Brought together under the auspices of the global advocacy organization Women Deliver, the C-Exchange is a private-sector forum that aims to inform, engage and support members in their efforts to improve the health and well-being of girls and women.

Family Planning 2020 (FP2020): FP2020 works with governments, civil society, multilateral organizations, donors, the private sector, and the research and development community toward enabling 120 million more women and girls than have access to contraception today to use contraceptives by 2020. It is based on the principle that all women, no matter where they live, should have access to lifesaving contraceptives, and supports the UN Secretary-General’s global effort for women’s and children’s health. In May 2013, we commited to reduce the cost of our implants by approximately 50 percent for six years, through 2018. In November 2015, we extended this commitment to FP2020 by five years through 2023, to offer access pricing for IMPLANON® (etonogestral implant) and IMPLANON NXT® (etonogestral)—our single-rod, long-acting, reversible contraceptive implants–to eligible countries.

For an update on FP2020 progress since it was created in 2012, click here.

For more information on how we partner with customers and other stakeholders, please visit our Access to Reproductive Health section.

Performance

The following metrics are for our family planning products intended for underserved segments of the world’s poorest countries (defined as Family Planning 2020 Countries1) that are supplied through the public sector and social marketing organizations.