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Faith and International Family Planning

Author: Nava Friedman

February 10, 2014

"Faith and International Family Planning" sheds light on the diverse and extensive work of faith-inspired organizations (FIOs) and faith leaders in family planning efforts throughout the developing world, as well as the ways in which faith can affect family planning policy. The report finds that FIOs and faith actors are largely supportive of family planning and may provide it as one element within a holistic model of health care. It further finds that faith leaders can serve as effective supporters and messengers of positive opinion regarding family planning. While areas of lively debate remain, particularly regarding different approaches toward youth, FIOs and faith leaders serve as essential providers and promoters of family planning services and have the potential to do more if treated as active partners. WFDD prepared this report with support from the Universal Access Project.

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