Saturday, September 26, 2015

World Contraception Day - 26 September

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.

World Contraception Day is supported by a coalition of 12 international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), governmental organizations and scientific and medical societies with an interest in sexual and reproductive health and is sponsored by Bayer HealthCare.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) joins the international community in celebrating World Contraception Day, a global campaign to draw attention to the vast unmet need for contraceptive information and services.  Increasing access to a wide-range of family planning methods enables individuals and couples to determine whether, when, and how often to have children, which has profound health, economic, and social benefits for families and communities.

As a means to improve health and quality of life, USAID advances and supports voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs in nearly 40 countries across the globe. These programs are designed to protect individuals' rights to affordable and quality family planning commodities. USAID has been involved in the development of nearly every contraceptive method on the market today. 

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