Influences on Family Planning Ideas

Influences on Family Planning Ideas 3

Influenceson Family Planning Ideas



TheLondon Summit on Family Planning (2012) brought attention to the waysof providing women with options for taking care of their fertility aswell as ways to enable them enable them get the children they wantand when they want them and at good intervals. In the summitdifferent governments and organisations pledged to increase fundingfor family planning programs in their respective countries as well asto see to it that there is a sufficient supply of contraceptives towomen and that these contraceptives are easily accessible to thewomen who wish to postpone or avoid childbearing (Rhonda Smith et al,2010).

Thepeople who live in extreme poverty in the world not only suffer frommalnutrition and poor health but also they lack household assets andincome which hinder them from accessing their economic opportunitieshence perpetuating the cycle of poverty (Rhonda Smith et al, 2010) .

Notablyso, there is a tendency in the women from poor households to bearmore children than those from wealthier households. Women coming frompoverty stricken communities also tend to have less or no access tofamily planning programmes and even those who have access to thefamily planning methods/programmes usually are reluctant to use themas they are prohibited by their religious beliefs and practices(Rhonda Smith et al, 2010).

Itis a fundamental right for women in Mozambique and other developingcountries to be educated on family planning programmes or the use ofcontraceptives as this takes away the negative perception that mostuneducated women have on the dangers of using family planning. Men inthese countries and especially those coming from poor householdsshould also be empowered on family planning methods so as to removethe often cited barrier to the use of contraceptive.

Accordingto the UNDP HumanDevelopment Report,2012on Mozambique’s Millennium Development Goals, almost two thirds ofits population is comprised of poor people. While investing in familyplanning not only saves lives but it also implicates to saving onhealth and education.

Inconclusion, some of the ideas that influence the use of familyplanning include literacy levels, accessibility to the familyplanning programs including clinics and hospitals, poverty levels andother factors such as religion and culture.


UNDP,HumanDevelopment Report 2012(New York: UNDP, 2012), accessed online at, on Mar. 16, 2015.

RhondaSmith et al., FamilyPlanning Saves Lives, 4thed. (Washington, DC: Population Reference Bureau, 2010), accessed at,on Mar. 16, 2015.