Jhpiego, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins that is dedicated to improving the health of women and families in developing countries, has been awarded a $3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand access to contraceptive implants and maximize contraceptive choice around the world.
The project, "Accelerating Scale-Up of Implants," will enable Jhpiego to fast-track efforts to introduce and strengthen family planning services. Jhpiego's effort is part of a larger initiative led by the foundation and its partners to make implants more accessible to women in low-resource settings by reducing the cost. Jhpiego will begin implementing the project in Kenya, Zambia, and Nigeria.
Contraceptive implants, consisting of small flexible plastic rods, are one of the most effective family planning methods and offer reliable, long-term protection for women to reduce unintended pregnancies and reduce the maternal mortality rate from high-risk pregnancies.