December 01, 2011

‘Integration is key’ to the fight against AIDS

Sarah Lindsay

On World AIDS Day at the International Conference on Family Planning, family planning experts naturally turned to AIDS, and the need to intertwine services for both. The speakers said it was impossible to make headway in preventing the spread of HIV without concurrent investments in family planning.

Tewdros Melesse of the International Planned Parenthood Federation told reporters: “Ninety percent of HIV is sexually transmitted. This is why family planning integration is key” when creating programs to fight the HIV epidemic.

November 29, 2011

Investing in family planning: Funds needed from all sources

Sarah Lindsay

At the International Conference on Family Planning, one of the major issues is who will pay for new initiatives. One answer: Both developing and developed countries.

For Senegal’s Minister of Health and Prevention, Moudou Diagne Fada, family planning isn’t just a matter that affects his ministry. It’s an issue that has a major impact on Senegal’s future, he said.

“At the end of the day, family planning is a development issue,” Fada said at a press conference today at the International Family Planning Conference, adding that it touches on education, employment, and economics.