Guttmacher Institute Releases Family Planning Investment Impact Calculator – YubaNet
New York, September 26, 2022 – Today the Guttmacher Institute released its Family Planning Investment Impact Calculator, an interactive online tool designed to estimate the positive impacts of investments in family planning services. For any given amount of investment, the calculator estimates the number of modern contraceptive users that would be served, the unintended pregnancies and abortions that would be averted, the lives of women and girls that would be saved, and the cost savings that would would be made for health systems. The tool can produce estimates, in the currency of your choice, for 132 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) or for sub-regional and regional groupings of LMICs. The accompanying graphics can be used to advocate for continued or increased investments in family planning.
Recent estimates reveal that in LMICs, 218 million women have an unmet need for modern contraception. Modern contraceptive care is a key component of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights services, providing numerous health benefits for individuals, families and communities. The Family Planning Investment Impact Calculator helps stakeholders quantify these benefits. Users enter actual, planned or hypothetical investment amounts and receive impact estimates that can inform funding strategies at national and regional levels, by governments and donors. Although the calculator itself is only available in English, users can also select French or Spanish as the output languages for their results.
“We are very excited to roll out the Family Planning Investment Impact Calculator. This innovative online tool will provide stakeholders with evidence-based estimates of the health benefits they can expect from investments in family planning services. family planning,” says Dr. Herminia Palace, President and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute. “Funding for sexual and reproductive health care is not only the right and sensible thing to do for the health of women and girls, it is also a wise investment that results in significant long-term savings. »
“Investments in sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning programs, are at a critical juncture, particularly as policymakers in resource-strapped countries continue to face budget challenges related to COVID-19 pandemic. This new tool is a game changer. Users are now able to generate estimates and graphs that show what improvements in health outcomes, lives saved and cost savings to health systems can result from a certain level of investment, then use this information to strengthen their advocacy efforts,” says Elizabeth Sullysenior researcher at the Guttmacher Institute.
“Investing in essential sexual and reproductive health services translates into huge health gains. The Family Planning Investment Impact Calculator, especially when used with Guttmacher country profiles that detail the needs and costs of sexual and reproductive health services – is an important resource to equip advocates, policy makers and donors with a strong business case for investing in these essential services,” says Rachel Murrosenior research assistant at the Guttmacher Institute.
Family planning is also an essential part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and key to achieving universal health coverage. By investing in the health and well-being of people, ensuring that they have access to contraceptive services that meet their family planning needs, countries move closer to their national development goals.
About the Family Planning Investment Impact Calculator
Estimates generated by the Family Planning Investment Impact Calculator are based on data from the 2019 Adding It Up study and service delivery costs in 2022 US dollars.
The figures entered into the calculator are assumed to cover the full cost of contraceptive care – both the costs of service delivery and the costs of associated programs and systems. The Family Planning Investment Impact Calculator assumes that all investments are made for a single calendar year, in 2022. For more details, see the FAQ.
add it is an ongoing Guttmacher Institute project that assesses the need, impact, and costs associated with providing essential sexual and reproductive health services. The project estimates the investment needed to ensure sexual and reproductive health services are available to all women of reproductive age (15-49) – as well as adolescent girls in particular – and their newborns in LMICs .
About the Guttmacher Institute
The Guttmacher Institute is a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide.