Background

The world is committed to making universal access to safe and reliable family planning methods a reality, as evidenced for example by the 1994 UN Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) or the Sustainable Development Goals (Target 3.7).

However, there is an unmet need for contraception in Europe which has gone largely unnoticed despite the global wave of attention on family planning since the Family Planning Summit of 2012 convened by then UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Europe is faced with diverse contraceptive prevalence rates (CPR), which range from 66% in Southern Europe to 77% in Northern Europe. Unmet need also varies slightly between the regions and countries in Europe, from only 7% in Northern Europe to 12% in Southern Europe, according to the 2015 UN trends in contraceptive use report.

The main objective of the initiative is to contribute to a better access to reimbursed contraception for women in the geographic region of Europe. As a first step, we will create an online Atlas, which will benchmark country performance in terms of access to information and contraceptive supplies.

Who is behind the Atlas?

This initiative is powered by the European Parliamentary Forum on Population & Development (EPF) in partnership with Third-i and group of experts in sexual and reproductive health and rights who designed the questions and structures. 

EPF benefitted from the financial support of MSD to undertake original and independent research which is presented in the Atlas and the MSD Global Innovation Centre for the visualization of the findings. EPF is grateful to the numerous expert national organisations and individuals who contributed to gathering the data presented in the Atlas. The scope and content of the European Contraception Atlas is the sole responsibility of the European Parliamentary Forum on Population & Development (EPF).

About EPF

EPF is a network of members of parliaments from across Europe who are committed to protecting the sexual and reproductive health of the world’s most vulnerable people, both at home and overseas.

Upholding the human rights of women, men and young people has long been a hallmark of European states. The EPF network ensures that in Europe’s parliaments there are decision makers who fully understand the importance of gender equality and safeguarding SRHR. Equipped with this understanding, they can support these causes in the range of ways available to them as parliamentarians.

About Third-i

Founded in 2013 by Jacqueline Bowman-Busato, Third-i is a Brussels, London and Washington DC based company operating under the ethos of Shared Value. 

Specialising in healthcare policy and innovation-driven initiatives, the team builds alliances, sets agendas, and leads the development of actionable strategies to answer today’s complex healthcare challenges.

A trusted member of the healthcare and innovation communities at European and global actors level, Third-i team members have worked extensively in the field of Person centred care from a systems thinking and stakeholder engagement perspective.