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Family Planning, Maternal and Child Health, and Immunizations

“Investing in women and children is a smart foundation for sustainable development.” --First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Kenya

Since 1990, the world has made considerable progress in reducing the mortality of children under the age of five, due in part to the expansion of access to immunizations. Yet, making and sustaining improvements in maternal and neonatal survival has proven to be more challenging. Similarly, while access to family planning services has expanded, progress varies within regions and millions of women continue to have an unmet need for modern contraception. In recent years, the U.S. Government has placed a higher priority on family planning and maternal and child health within its global health programs, working with governments, other bilateral partners, and multilateral agencies to improve the health of mothers, newborns, and children.

The CSIS Global Health Policy Center provides in-depth analysis of U.S. and international approaches to expanding access family planning information and services and to reducing preventable maternal and child deaths in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Our work focuses on:

  • The recent advances, innovative approaches, and ongoing challenges to expanding access to family planning;

  • The linkages between family planning and broader health and development outcomes;

  • The factors contributing to improvements and persistent challenges in maternal, neonatal, and child health;

  • The ways in which U.S. programs can complement the support provided to countries by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; and

  • How the United States can support efforts in domestic resource mobilization for health in these areas.

In December 2015, the Global Health Policy Center launched the CSIS Task Force on Women’s and Family Health. The goal of the Task Force is to forge a broad, bipartisan coalition of leaders who will stand behind shared goals on women’s and family health. The Task Force is composed of a diverse group of opinion leaders, drawn from industry, advocacy organizations, members of Congress, foreign policy experts, and the media. This effort will examine what has been done, what has worked, and what must be improved to have sustainable and effective programs in family planning and reproductive health; maternal, newborn, and child health; nutrition; and immunizations. Its final product will be a vision statement for the next administration and Congress that can guide U.S. efforts in these areas into the future. For additional information on the Task Force, see:

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