Areas of action

Family planning

Education about contraception in Zambia.

Part of everyone’s fundamental right to sexual and reproductive self-determi­na­tion is free access to contraceptives and medical services – irrespective of gender, age and family status. German programmes to promote family planning aim to give women and men the opportunity to exercise this fundamental human right. They should be able to decide freely on the number and spacing of their children. Unwanted pregnancies and abortions should be avoided.

Family planning is not just about providing information on contraceptive methods, it is also about offering couples individual counselling and medical treatment where necessary. It is im­por­tant to involve men in these counselling sessions if they are to take on more re­spon­si­bil­i­ty for family planning.

Social marketing makes it possible to reach a par­tic­u­lar­ly large number of people. Commercial product marketing methods are used to promote condom use. The condoms are sold, generally at a subsidised rate, to ensure maximum availability, even for the poorer sections of the popu­la­tion.

To prevent women being branded criminals if they terminate a pregnancy, Germany supports moves to change legislation on abortion and also advocates that such interventions should be performed only by qualified medical professionals. German devel­op­ment co­op­era­tion does not, however, consider abortion an appropriate family planning method.

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