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Family Planning Improves Nutrition: Evidence from Studies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
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Author(s): Reshma Naik and Rhonda Smith

Primary Language: English

Date: 5/30/2015

Abstract:

Tackling undernutrition and achieving food security will require cross-sector collaboration, innovative approaches, and optimizing the use of all available interventions. In 2014, the USAID-funded Health Policy Project conducted two reviews of the empirical evidence on the impacts of one intervention—family planning—on food security and nutritional status, respectively. 

This brief on nutrition shows that when women exercise their freedom and right to access voluntary family planning to meet their fertility intentions, there is a natural decline in the prevalence of high-risk and unintended pregnancies; and that by averting such pregnancies, improvements in key maternal, infant, and child nutrition outcomes can be achieved. 

The accompanying report is available here, and a companion brief on food security is available here.

Also see the companion desk review synthesizing the programmatic experiences of integrating family planning with food security and nutrition. It was conducted by the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III Project (FANTA) and is available here: http://www.fantaproject.org/focus-areas/food-security/desk-review-programs-integrating-family-planning-food-security-and-nutrition


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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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