Bayer Reinforces the Importance of Empowering Women to Make Informed Choices About Their Sexual and Reproductive Health with Their Healthcare Provider
First launched in 2007, World Contraception Day—of which Bayer is a founding sponsor—centers around the vision of a world where every pregnancy is wanted and women have the necessary tools, skills, and knowledge to take control of their health and family planning. Of the 6.1 million pregnancies that occurred in the United States in 2011, nearly half (45% or 2.8 million) were unintended.
“We are proud to support ten years of an initiative that reinforces our commitment to educating women about contraception. Bayer has a rich history in women’s health, and we are dedicated to ensuring that women have access to birth control options that meet their individual needs,” said Jon Stelzmiller, Bayer’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Women’s Healthcare.
The global campaign is supported by a coalition of 14 international nongovernmental organizations, governmental organizations as well as scientific and medical societies with an interest in sexual and reproductive health. The coalition members involved in World Contraception Day include:
- Asia Pacific Council on Contraception (APCOC)
- Centro Latinamericano Salud y Mujer (CELSAM)
- EngenderHealth (EH)
- European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC)
- DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung)
- Family Planning 2020 (FP 2020)
- International Federation of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (FIGIJ)
- International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
- Marie Stopes International (MSI)
- Pathfinder International
- Population Services International (PSI)
- The Population Council
- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Women Deliver (WD)
Bayer also congratulates this year’s 40 winners of 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders. Now in its second year, this multi-year project is supported by Bayer and led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Over the course of three years, 120 young leaders around the world will be recognized for their work in advancing family planning and reproductive health.