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An staff member explains the contraceptive pill to a woman while girls watch

Contraception is the use of temporary, long-term or permanent methods to prevent pregnancy. Condoms are the only available means to protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Millions of women, men and young people have no access to contraceptive services. Through lack of knowledge, lack of information, lack of supply and lack of government support, they are unable to determine when or whether they have children, and they are unable to protect themselves against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

One of IPPF’s central commitments is to promote and to provide contraceptive services for all. Universal access to, and informed use of effective contraception is the cornerstone to good sexual and reproductive health.