Family planning is one of the best and most cost-effective investments in international development. Supporting women and couples to freely decide whether and when to have children provides more than just immediate health and family life benefits. It also helps countries achieve stability, increase economic and social opportunity, expand the civic space to include more women, and promote social accountability between governments and civil societies.
As USAID’s global flagship for strengthening family planning and reproductive health service delivery, we were fiercely committed to expanding access to a full range of contraceptive options with special attention to the promotion of client-centered, voluntary, and informed choice. Across 17 countries, through our family planning programs, scale-up initiatives, and strategic partnerships across the globe, we infused method choice in everything we did. We believe method choice is a reproductive right: everyone should have access to contraceptives that will help them achieve their reproductive intentions.