World Contraception Day #WCD2017
World Contraception Day #WCD2017: World Contraception Day takes place on September 26th every year. The annual worldwide campaign centers around a vision where every pregnancy is wanted. 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.
Benefits of family planning / contraception
Promotion of family planning – and ensuring access to preferred contraceptive methods for women and couples – is essential to securing the well-being and autonomy of women, while supporting the health and development of communities.
Preventing pregnancy-related health risks in women
A woman’s ability to choose if and when to become pregnant has a direct impact on her health and well-being. Family planning allows spacing of pregnancies and can delay pregnancies in young women at increased risk of health problems and death from early childbearing. It prevents unintended pregnancies, including those of older women who face increased risks related to pregnancy. Family planning enables women who wish to limit the size of their families to do so. Evidence suggests that women who have more than 4 children are at increased risk of maternal mortality.
By reducing rates of unintended pregnancies, family planning also reduces the need for unsafe abortion.
Reducing infant mortality
Family planning can prevent closely spaced and ill-timed pregnancies and births, which contribute to some of the world’s highest infant mortality rates. Infants of mothers who die as a result of giving birth also have a greater risk of death and poor health.
Helping to prevent HIV/AIDS
Family planning reduces the risk of unintended pregnancies among women living with HIV, resulting in fewer infected babies and orphans. In addition, male and female condoms provide dual protection against unintended pregnancies and against STIs including HIV.
Empowering people and enhancing education
Family planning enables people to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. Family planning represents an opportunity for women to pursue additional education and participate in public life, including paid employment in non-family organizations. Additionally, having smaller families allows parents to invest more in each child. Children with fewer siblings tend to stay in school longer than those with many siblings.
Reducing adolescent pregnancies
Pregnant adolescents are more likely to have preterm or low birth-weight babies. Babies born to adolescents have higher rates of neonatal mortality. Many adolescent girls who become pregnant have to leave school. This has long-term implications for them as individuals, their families and communities.
Slowing population growth
Family planning is key to slowing unsustainable population growth and the resulting negative impacts on the economy, environment, and national and regional development efforts.
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
- National Family Planning Day 2017
- Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations – World Population Day 2017
- National Family Planning Day (18- Sep 2016)
- Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) Commitment, Nepal
- National Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan (2015-2020)
- #National Family Planning Day (18th Sep 2015)
- National Family Planning Day sep 18th 2014
- Nepal Demographic and Health Survey 2016 Key Indicators Report
- Key findings – The 2015 Nepal Health Facility Survey (2015 NHFS)
- 2016 Health SDG Profile: Nepal
- Sep 26 Every Year !! World Contraception Day
- 2011 Nepal Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS)
- National Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) Program
- National Family Planning Program, Nepal
- Family Planning ” Opportunities, challenges & Priorities in Nepal
- SDG 3 Targets and Indicators for Nepal (2014–2030)