In partnership with other NGOs, our Global Programs support organizations in developing countries that work to positively impact the lives of vulnerable women and families.
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands (PPGNHI) believes that family planning and sexual and reproductive health services play a critical lifesaving role in global health. Our Global Programs focus on three programmatic priorities that lie at the intersection of global health needs and our expertise:
- Expanding global access to family planning
- Preventing unsafe abortion and related health consequences
- Empowering women and youth through sexual and reproductive health education
Expanding Access to Family Planning
Globally, 222 million women wish to limit their family size or stop childbearing altogether but don’t have access to modern contraception options. If these women had access to effective family planning, the number of unintended pregnancies could shrink by as much as two-thirds, which in turn would reduce the number of maternal and newborn deaths each year by hundreds of thousands. By increasing access to contraception options, PPGNHI empowers individuals to prevent unwanted pregnancies and reduce the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted infections.
Preventing Unsafe Abortions
Unsafe abortions can be avoided both by preventing unintended pregnancies and by increasing access to safe abortion services. In 2008, an estimated 21.6 million unsafe abortions were performed globally, many of them in countries where abortion is illegal altogether or strictly restricted. That same year, 47,000 women died due to complications from unsafe abortions; many more suffered long-term health consequences. PPGNHI advocates for access to safe, legal abortion and also supports postabortion care services, to ensure that women who have unsafe or incomplete abortions get the medical attention and emotional support they need to prevent long-term complications and, in some cases, save their lives.
Empowering Women and Youth
PPGNHI is recognized for our outstanding teen educational programs that empower youth to take charge of their sexual and reproductive health. Our Teen Council peer education program can be successfully adapted to for teen groups in other countries. Our education programs also address gender roles, socioeconomic, and cultural factors that can impede access to services. By contributing our expertise as part of broader development initiatives that focus on health and empowerment, we further strengthen the overall health of a community.