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World Leaders Must Act Now to Address a Global Contraceptive Crisis

Global Call to Action is urging U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to highlight the centrality of contraceptives to achieving the sustainable development goals.


Global leaders and donors must prioritize funding for contraceptives and the systems that deliver them on the global agenda.

Developing country governments must take ownership to invest more in contraceptives and reduce their reliance on donor funding.

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The Problem

  • Availability of contraceptives relies largely on funding from donor countries. The world is facing a contraceptive crisis as donors fall short of their promises.
  • At the same time, most developing country governments have not made sufficient investments in contraceptives to fill the gap and meet the needs of women.
  • Of the Sub-Saharan African countries with the greatest need, 65% cover less than 10% of contraceptives with their own funds.1
  • UNFPA Supplies provides approximately 40% of donated commodities to low- and middle-income countries, but there are indications that there is a funding gap of around $847 million between now and 2020. Projections show that by 2020, 490 million women will be using modern methods of contraception in more than 130 developing countries.
  • If the funding gap is not closed, the needs of these women will not be met.

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