London Summit - WHO joins call for renewed focus on family planning

Today the Government of the United Kingdom and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-host a high-level Family Planning Summit in London. The main goal of the Summit is to better respond to the high rates of unmet need for family planning globally and in Europe.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is contributing to this initiative at the highest levels. Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, is chairing a panel on Increasing access and expanding choice, where  WHO commitments are presented.

The Summit aims to draw attention of the policy makers, national and international  stakeholders and public at large to  the programmes and policies related to family planning and  to strengthen productive and collegial collaboration between WHO regional and country offices and the Member States to increase access to family planning for women and men who want and need it, and to ensure that they are provided with a wider choice of family planning options.

The Summit focuses on expanding access to family planning through

  • strengthening health system response
  • human resources and scaling up the workforce
  • long-term contraceptive methods
  • addressing the needs of adolescents 

More information on the Summit and on WHO’s work to improve access to and the quality of reproductive health services, including family planning can be found at the WHO websites.