Coalition members support World Contraception Day 2008
1st October 2008
World Contraception Day is a multi-national campaign aiming to raise the awareness for contraception and to improve the level of education regarding reproductive and sexual health. The campaign is driven by a coalition of non-governmental organisations, including Coalition members Marie Stopes International (MSI) and the Population Council, along with the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC), International Federation of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (FIGIJ), Centro Latinoamericano Salud y Mujer (CELSAM) and Asian Pacific Council on Contraception (APCOC), and supported by Coaliton member, Bayer Schering Pharma.
World Contraception Day is an annual event taking place each year on 26 September. Activities and events are taking place on and around this date to mark World Contraception Day in countries and regions around the globe. The theme for 2008 was "Your life, your body, your choice" and was focused on educating young people about contraceptive options to enable them to make informed choices about sex, contraception and parenthood. Click here for more information.
On this day, the German Foundation for World Population (DSW) together with Bayer Schering Pharma organized an event in Berlin, Germany, to highlight the problem of teenage pregnancies worldwide with special focus on Subsaharan Africa. Mercy Mkaluma Maghanga, founder of a DSW youth club and a peer educator in Kenya, appealed to the attending parliamentarians, NGO representatives, private donors and media to place more attention on unwanted pregnancies among young people in Kenya, in combination with programs on HIV/AIDS.
In addition Dr. Karen Hardee, of PAI, presented the recent PAI publication "Comprehensive HIV Prevention: Condoms and Contraceptives Count".