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Efforts to improve access to family planning need to stop ignoring child brides

Swarna and her baby boy Satyasworup return home from a neo-natal survival unit in Odisha, India. Photo: Flickr / DFID

As policymakers, donors and advocates from around the world gather for the Family Planning Summit in London, UK, on 11 July, Girls Not Brides is urging the global community to ensure that family planning programmes integrate efforts to address child marriage and improve access to services for married girls.

Girls Not Brides chair Mabel van Oranje, who will be moderating a panel on adolescent health at the Summit, said that this joined-up approach is desperately needed.

“Child brides are often forgotten when it comes to family planning services,” she said. “Unless we make increased efforts to include them and also to end child marriage, we won’t make progress on family planning goals.”

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