Women’s Health and Primary Care

For the past decade, women’s and family health, particularly family planning and maternal and child health, has been central to GHPC’s work

Despite considerable progress over the past three decades, critical challenges remain in expanding access to quality maternal, neonatal, and child health services, including voluntary family planning services. An estimated 214 million women of reproductive age in developing regions have an unmet need for modern contraception. Funding for U.S. programs has been threatened in recent years. With an expanding youth population in Sub-Saharan Africa, there is an urgent need to address the needs of women and children. Further, adolescent girls and young women in southern Africa are acutely at risk for HIV infection, which has a dramatic and negative impact on their health and families.

Featured Project

The CSIS Task Force on Women’s and Family Health

Between October 2015 and March 2017, the CSIS Global Health Policy Center convened the high-level, bipartisan Task Force on Women’s and Family Health. The Task Force was composed of a diverse group of opinion leaders, drawn from industry, advocacy organizations, members of Congress, foreign policy experts, and the media. The Task Force examined 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. In its final report, it generated a bold vision for a major U.S. initiative to unlock the potential of adolescent girls and young women in select low-income countries. For additional information on the Task Force, visit vision2017.csis.org.


Katherine E. Bliss
Senior Fellow and Director, Immunizations and Health Systems Resilience, Global Health Policy Center
Janet Fleischman
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Global Health Policy Center