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Reproductive Health

Issues & Solutions

Direct Relief is committed to increasing access to family planning and equipping health providers to facilitate safer births.

In Brief

Safety net health facilities across the U.S. and globally are improving access to reproductive health care for patients who are uninsured and live in medically underserved areas.

Direct Relief, with the support of companies like Bayer and Medicines360, provides regular shipments of donated contraceptives for family planning to these care facilities.

The organization is also providing financial support to health facilities working to increase services for patients.



Donations of medical products and financial support are increasing access to family planning.



Regular donations of contraception supports health facilities offering family planning services to uninsured patients.

Investing in Reproductive Health

Healthcare Provider Ines Mendoza in the pharmacy of the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, in Goleta, California, on Friday, October 23, 2020. The Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics are among the hundreds of community health centers across the U.S. that received Bayer-donated IUDs to bolster reproductive health services for uninsured women. (Photo by Erin Feinblatt for Direct Relief)
Healthcare Provider Ines Mendoza in the pharmacy of the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, in Goleta, California. (Photo by Erin Feinblatt for Direct Relief)

For too many people around the world, access to high-quality reproductive health services remain out of reach. Direct Relief is working with health providers in the U.S., and around the world, to change that.

Here are the ways Direct Relief is supporting reproductive health:

Lilletta IUDs are packed for shipment in Direct Relief's warehouse. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)
IUDs are packed for shipment in Direct Relief’s warehouse, bound for health facilities across the U.S. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)

Strengthening Family Planning – It is estimated that worldwide there are 214 million women with an unmet need for modern contraception. Addressing the unmet need for contraception is crucial to meeting the World Health Organization’s Sustainable Development Goals related to health and gender equality. Direct Relief is working on several U.S.-based initiatives to reduce the barriers to women and other people who can become pregnant accessing family planning services, including access to long-acting reversible contraception. With the support of Medicines360, Bayer and others, Direct Relief supports a network of health facilities providing family planning services to remove barriers and increase access to family planning services for those in medically underserved areas.

Promoting Safe Births – The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 830 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Limited access to health care, poor quality of services, and shortages of health workers or medicine are major contributors to maternal and neonatal mortality. Supporting healthcare providers who are working to reduce the burden of maternal and newborn mortality has long been a focus of Direct Relief. The organization does this by supporting all stages of the pregnancy, including micronutrient support with prenatal vitamins, equipping midwives for safe labor and birth, and the provision of Fistula Repair Modules for women who experience the debilitating childbirth injury of obstetric fistula.