World Contraception Day
The World Contraception Day (WCD) takes place on 26 September. The aim is to improve awareness of all contraceptive methods available and to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health. World Contraception Day brings focus to the rights of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly on the number and spacing of their children. It was launched in 2007, WCD’s mission is to improve awareness of contraception and to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.
This is also captured in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development under target 3.7 that states “by 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services, including family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.”
Improved access to low-cost contraception and its uptake through family planning programmes has reduced high-risk pregnancies; maternal and child mortality; teen and unplanned pregnancies; and, improved child health and nutrition. Modelling exercises have found that contraceptive use may have reduced maternal mortality by over 40%. It is critical that all stakeholders work together to maintain these hard-fought gains and further drive new ones. Notably, in addition to family planning goals, better and more options are needed to sustain progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS, as well as other sexually transmitted infections.
“Healthy families are created by choice, not by chance.”
Source of info: WHO, UNFPA & your-life.com