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Big issues deserve bold responses: Population and climate change in the Sahel

Big issues deserve bold responses: Population and climate change in the Sahel

The London Summit on family planning in July 2012 represented a turning point in the willingness of governments and large philanthropic organizations to invest in family planning. The goal of the Summit was to meet 50% of the unmet need for family planning in developing countries. But we know from country-level data that when fertility falls, so does the desired family size. So we should aim to meet 100% of the current family planning need since unmet need will always prove a moving target – with demand for contraceptives growing as women have greater choices and realize they can be used safely.